Last week we had the very first Science Writing Week at Irchester. The reason why we had Science Writing Week was to see children use their enthusiasm for the fun side of science to improve their writing and literacy skills. We think it worked!
Children in every class carried out their own scientific investigations which were inspired by their favourite stories. Older children conducted their own experiments to answer questions and wrote up a proper scientific report afterwards.
For e.g . Are girls less likely to cheat than boys?, Does different coloured paper affect learning?, What’s the preferred learning style in Irchester Primary?, An investigation into lung capacity of swimmers, non swimmers and choir singers.
Mrs Clarke said “I think that the week was really successful, also that Year5&6 got a great deal out of the activities, including thinking and independency. I also believe that the week has inspired them and will stick in their minds as one of the most enjoyable times in their primary education”.
A Year 5 said “I loved this week because my group was in charge of our own investigation – what experiments to do, when to do it and how we were going to lay out information”.
Year 3 and Year 4 were inspired by their book Harriet the Spy and learned about all the science behind being a good spy – they made a giant periscope, learned about fingerprinting, did chromatography and kept a great Spy Journal. Then they used that information to write a job description for a spy, instructions on how to do fingerprinting and chromatography and a newspaper article for the a crime that was solved.
Miss Sowden said “It was fab! It gave us the chance to do something which would interest the children rather than fit in with the curriculum, and that was reflected in the children’s consistent enthusiasm throughout the week (in both science and writing activities).”
Year 2 investigated the science behind The Three Little Pigs.
Mrs Fordham said “It has been a very good week…We had some fantastic discussions about making a fair test by showing a cartoon of the pig not doing a fair test. We then wrote a letter and instructions to Mr Pig about how to conduct a fair test properly…They have also learnt lots of materials vocab and can describe and test the properties of straw, sticks and bricks.”