We regularly support the teaching and learning of science within all of our feeder Primary schools.
We aim to organise a range of fun and engaging activities involving feeder schools every term. Over the past few years we have organised a physics day at Fairhaven, Science week at Cantley and science passport projects and visits.
We have a science show every year, with presenters ranging from outreach staff from the Magna Science Centre, to Camouflaged learning and STEM ambassadors.
This year’s show was from the world famous fantastic Dr Ken – fresh from the Olympics!
We have also held a very successful practical skills morning for several years now. Young students get to make lots of mess making slime, and also hone their scientific enquiry skills in the process.
Every year we also run a science fair involving our cluster primaries and our own science club pupils, with judges from universities, businesses and other institutions.
We hold termly meetings for our cluster science coordinators here at Acle Academy, and have provided inset and training opportunities for our cluster Primary colleagues. We have also worked on a successful cross phase APP project with the county advisory service.
A new gifted and talented project involving the new Eco-Cube centre at Rackheath is also in the pipeline for 2013.
We believe that transition in science is so important when students move up from Primary school. The transition projects we run help pupils to transfer the knowledge and skills they have from Primary to Secondary school. We help them to link ideas and learning, and most importantly of all, to have confidence when they make that transition.
Primary schools think we do a great job! Feedback suggests they feel the transition work we do is invaluable to the transition process. Their pupils not only enjoy the experiences we give them, but also begin to develop relationships with us here at “Big School” long before they come here.
The best feedback I have ever had was when I looked at a year 7 pupil’s leaver’s book from Primary school. His most memorable experience from Primary School? Getting his science passport from me and doing jelly experiments to get his passport started.
When I hear comments and see their faces, I just know that we are making a difference!
Primary Science Coordinator