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Science Weeks

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Science weeks are an excellent way to inspire and enthuse children. A science week can be a great way to focus on one topic or teach a broad range of topics through methods such as practical investigations. Many schools incorporate visits, workshops and experiments into their week to make it both fun and informative.

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Science week case studies

Archbishop Hutton's Primary School, Lancashire

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Archbishop Hutton's jam-packed science week included a whole range of activities, from workshops run by the local secondary school to visits from PhD students. Some of the children even took part in a climate change survey for the Met Office! The Study Lab visited on one day, running a 'Flash Bang Pop' assembly and a selection of workshops for the whole school. The workshops included 'Science Miracles and Magic'.

"An unforgettable workshop which inspired and engaged the pupils with science [...] Pupils had to think creatively, predict, observe, analyse and explain the amazing scientific phenomena."
Science Co-ordinator, Archbishop Hutton's Primary School
"I enjoyed science week because it was fun trying new things and expanding my knowledge of science."
(Pupil, Archbishop Hutton's Primary School)


St. Anne's and St. Joseph's RC Primary School, Lancashire

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St. Anne's and St. Joseph's RC Primary School held a Wow science week packed full of activities for the pupils to engage and enthuse them about science and its uses in the "real" world. They rounded off their week with a science fair to which at least 200 parents and members of the wider school community came. They also succeeded in getting Press coverage to their fair and securing help from local businesses - A local Tesco store provided a £20 gift voucher, used to purchase rewards and the Lush company provided a large number of recycled containers. The children also performed a play based on changing materials and various Super-Duper Scientists carried out demonstrations, talking very confidently and in appropriate scientific language about the processes involved.
All in all, the science week and fair left the children greatly enthused about Science!

"I would not change anything!"
(Science Co-ordinator, St. Anne's and St. Joseph's RC Primary School)


Arkholme CE Primary School, Lancashire

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Arkholme Primary School held a science day, with 'Mad Science' providing the workshops. Each class had a different topic to focus on and learn about, including dinosaurs, sound, forces and sticky materials. Each class really benefitted from the experience, not only by enjoying the workshops but also by the enhancing of their observational and practical skills.

"I wish all science lessons were like that!"
"I enjoyed making sound."
"My favourite bit was the goo contest."
"It changed my mind about science!"

(Pupil comments, Arkholme Primary School)


Barley Hill Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Project: Become a Science Detective Science Week 2007
Barley Hill Primary School held a "Become a Science Detective" science week in which pupils learnt how to carry out science investigations using scientific techniques, data handling and active research.

"The grant will be used to attract demonstrations and exhibitions to our school during our science week…we will book the 'Explorer Dome' for Key stage 2 and 'The Animal Man' for the entire school."
(Science Coordinator, Barley Hill Primary School)

View Barley Hill's planning and activity ideas
View Barley Hill's science week letter to parents


Blacko Primary School, Lancashire

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Blacko Primary School took part in the National Grid's competition to design a new generation of electricity pylons. Pupils started off the week by participating in a demonstration on the use of trusses and triangles in engineering, this helped them decide on a design concept for their very own pylons. The children were then supplied with materials to help construct their designs; which included straws, sticky tape, string and Connecta-Straw kits.
On Thursday the children attached electrical circuits to their pylon designs which included motors, buzzers and lamps and drew electrical circuit diagrams of their designs. By the end of the week all the children voted on their favourite design taking into consideration: strength, beauty and environmental impact.

"We are very grateful for the experience and resources all made possible by the grant."
(Science Co-ordinator, Blacko Primary School)


Bolton by Bowland CE Primary School, Lancashire

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Bolton by Bowland Primary School's science day covered a variety of hands-on science activities for the children to try, including designing and making hoop gliders and marble runs and investigating bubbles. The school also received a visit from a very special visitor - a senior bio-medical scientist from Blackburn Hospital. He spoke to the children about how he became interested in science and what he does in his job as well as giving a presentation about the body and diseases and bringing along several samples - the dead tapeworm was a particular success with the children!

"It was very fun because a lot of it was hands on science - I really loved it!"
(Year 6 pupil, Bolton by Bowland CE Primary School)

"Many of the children said they did not have a favourite part because they loved it all."
(Science Co-ordinator, Bolton by Bowland CE Primary School)


Broughton in Amounderness CE Primary School, Lancashire

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Broughton in Amounderness CE Primary School held a fun-filled 'Fizz, Bubble, Pop!' science day to help pupils to develop "an excitement and enthusiasm for science that lasts". A whole range of activities took place, including creating bath fizzers, soap and fizzy potions and experimenting with bubbles. Older pupils were also given the opportunity to visit the local secondary school to take part in a special 'Science Show'.

"[My children] came home absolutely buzzing about all the exciting experiments they took part in."
(Parent of pupils in Years 2 and 4)


Burscough Village Primary School, Lancashire

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Burscough Village Primary School held a science week where pupils and teachers alike could explore science and have fun. During this week their design and manufacture of bath products developed into an enterprise project that they named ‘Blush’ - inspired by a visit to the Lush store in Preston and co-ordinated by pupils in Year 5 & 6. The Blush Project group planned their ingredients, carried out market research with parents, designed and manufactured the products before packaging them using recycled materials and selling them to parents at the end of science week. In total, they raised £412.80 for the Japanese Tsunami fund!

"Adrian Bowden did both Infant and Junior science shows that were outstanding"
(Science Co-ordinator, Medlar-with-Wesham CE Primary School)


Carleton Primary School, Fife

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Carleton Primary School held a school science week entitled 'Move it!' The focus of the week were the topics forces, friction and movement. The school purchased equipment with their Edina grant such as: a balance set, knex forces kit, magnetic lab kit and a solids and liquids set, to enable them to support their activities.

"[The science week] was well attended by parents, who were really surprised at the level of science."
(Depute Headteacher, Carleton Primary School)


Chilton Primary School, Oxfordshire

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Project: Science Week October 2008
Chilton Primary School held a science week in October 2008, which consisted of a visit from Explorer Dome, a "messy explorations" investigation into the properties of different substances, a visit from Science Oxford, work on electricity circuits, K'Nex model making and more!


"I've learnt how many things you can do with science - it's nearly everything in the world!"
(Pupil, Chilton Primary School)


Coupe Green Primary School, Lancashire

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Coupe Green school took part in a whole variety of science based events during their science week, from Amazing experiments, Brain and body day, Construction day, Developing a product and Environment day. It's as easy as A..B..C..D..E!
One of the highlights of the week was an evening for children and parents to work together on various science-based products which was enjoyed by children and parents throughout the school.
Another success was the Year 6 Wow-Science Road Show, in which Year 6 children were taught and shown a range of experiments. Groups of children from other classes then came round and joined in, giving the Year 6 children a great opportunity to try to teach younger children. One parent also came in to start a Gifted and Talented Science/DT project - working with a group of children to design, test, and make a product for the playground.
At the end of the week, parents came in to purchase products made by the different classes. The products sold out within 10 minutes and the money raised was used to buy prizes for winners of different challenges throughout the week.

"The engagement and participation was very rewarding and the interactions between parents and children were really good"
"After the week, there was an obvious 'buzz' around school about Science"

(Science Co-ordinator, Coupe Green Primary School)

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View Coupe Green's science week poster


Drumlanrig St Cuthbert's Primary School and Roberton Primary School, Scottish Borders

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Project: Hawick Schools Science Week 2010
The children enjoyed talks from working professionals in science related fields and had carried out experiments and investigations related to their current topics. P3/4 had studied arthropods and life cycles and had used keys to identify organisms. P5 had made volcanoes and made them "erupt" using bicarbonate of soda, red food colouring and vinegar. They had also investigated magnets. P6 had studied volcanoes further and had exploded coca cola with Mentos mints. P5/6 had made lava lamps with oil and water. P5 also made a tested parachutes while P6 looked at why fruit goes brown and ways of preventing this. All classes had thoroughly enjoyed workshops from Professor Brainstorm called "Mission to Mars". They would all recommend this workshop to other schools.

The children also spent a day in Hawick High school and attended three sessions in:

  • Biology - where they looked at living things including bacteria under the microscope, snakes, Giant African snails and gerbils
  • Physics - where they investigated sound
  • Chemistry - where they used citrus fruits to generate electricity to power a buzzer


    Eccleston Primary School, Lancashire

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    Eccleston Primary School covered a wide variety of activities with the whole school during their two day science event. It was opened with an assembly by Mad Science, which was free in return for Mad Science running an after school science club. Other activities, such as a van der graph generator, were also kindly provided free by Cumbria and West Lancashire Institute of Physics. The event ended with a parent's science workshop run by the children.


    Faringdon Infant School, Oxfordshire

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    Project: Bright Sparks Electricity Week 2008
    Faringdon Infant school held a "Bright Sparks Electricity Week" in which pupils made circuits, played buzzer games and discussed the safe use of electricity and the importance of saving electricity.

    "Thank you for our grant money; we had a very successful electricity topic week. The children loved learning to become 'Sparky's'. All the children learnt how to stay safe around electricity and successfully designed and made their own working lighthouses. They were all very proud to receive their 'trained electrician' certificates at the end of the week. We would not have been able to do this without the resources purchased with the grant money so many thanks."
    (Head Teacher, Faringdon Infant School)

    View Faringdon Infants' science week planning

    King's Park Primary School, Midlothian

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    King's Park had a very exciting and innovative science week involving all pupils. P1 and Nursery activities included work on floating and sinking, static electricity and bouncing balls. P2 - 4 pupils experimented on forces, floating and sinking, and optical illusions. P2 and P3 studied sea shore animals in an aquarium. P5 - 7 did experiments on friction, gravity and air resistance. P6 made their own slime using chemistry techniques. King's Park also had a visit from Edinburgh University staff and a workshop from 'Bye Bye Biodiversity', also based at Edinburgh University.

    Air Resistance experiment
    Air Bubbles experiment
    Gravity experiment

    "There was a buzz in the air all week as the pupils expanded their knowledge in science."
    (Depute Headteacher, King's Park Primary School)


    Laneshaw Bridge Primary School, Lancashire

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    Laneshaw Bridge Primary School held a fun-packed science week, kicked off by a visit from 'Mad Science' who provided workshops for KS1 and KS2. In these workshops the children participated in experiments on pressure, smoke rings and hovercrafts, and afterwards got to make their own 'goo' from mixing different chemicals.
    This 'wow' opening to Science Week was very successful and was followed by a week of fun activities, visits and visitors to school. Pupils went on trips including the local engineering works to learn about structures and the Maritime Museum. The Science Week covered a wide variety of topics and activities such as pond dipping with the local park ranger, building volcanoes and making air fresheners. Finally, the week concluded with a bird display for the whole school; allowing them to see, and even touch, owls and other birds of prey.
    The children's enthusiasm for science was further demonstrated by an American style 'Science Fair' conducted later in the term, where pupils brought in their own science experiments from home. Parents were invited to the science fair and expressed their pleasure at the interest and enthusiasm their children had developed in science. A fantastic day was had by all (except the cleaner)!

    "The children had a wonderfully stimulating week."
    "Absolutely Fantastic!"

    (Science Co-ordinator, Laneshaw Bridge School)

    View Laneshaw Bridge's science week plan


    Langford Primary School, Oxfordshire

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    Project: 'Wow' Factor Science Week 2007
    Langford Primary School held a "Wow factor Science Week" which covered a wide range of topics such as materials and weather, taught in a number of ways including a class room setting, through drama activities, and outreach workshops.

    "The aim of the project is to raise the profile of science in our school community. We are aiming to put the 'wow' factor back into learning this subject through a number of motivational events. We would like each year group to experience at least one show and to do mini projects and activities involving the use of equipment not normally available to them. We are involving the secondary school in our partnership and they are going to give us much invaluable help both in provision of resources and equipment."
    (Science Coordinator, Langford School)

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    Larkrise Primary School, Oxfordshire

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    Project: Animal Science Week 2007
    Larkrise Primary School held an 'Animal' science week. The 'bugman' Martin Rapley visited. The week covered science topics including habitats, food chains, animals and us, life cycles, adaptations, reproduction, variation, classification and use of keys.

    "First hand experience of bugs etc. in an educating environment was valuable. There was no shrieking, skiving or running a mile!"
    (Comment from a Teacher Evaluation form)
    "I enjoyed seeing the rapport between Martin and the children and also appreciated the patience he showed with them. They obviously had taken in the experience they had had in school and it was lovely to see all the animals. I think the children were very lucky to have the opportunity - very different from my early days as an infant teacher!"
    (Comment card from a pupils grandmother)
    "Everyone - children, teachers, parents and other school staff- are now looking forward to our annual science week as a major event in the school year. Thank you for your invaluable support in making it possible."
    (Science Coordinator, Larkrise)

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    St Mary's RC Primary School, Haslingden, Lancashire

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    St Mary's RC Primary School held a science week which covered a wide range of topics and the use of many scientific skills. The children explored forces and were asked to make a rocket using wind or chemical power. The school also had a 'Crime Scene Day' within the science week, which enabled children to explore human variation and gave them opportunities to try out new techniques such as fingerprinting and chromatography. Other days within the science week included a 'Challenge Day', where children developed their thinking, listening and negotiating skills and 'Magical Science Day', which allowed the children to explore kitchen chemistry and have fun making slime and lava lamps.

    "The buzz and excitement throughout the school was evident to all and the parents, teachers and visitors all commented on how much the children enjoyed the week"
    (Science Co-ordinator, St Mary's RC Primary School)

    View St. Mary's science week plan


    Medlar-with-Wesham CE Primary School, Lancashire

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    Medlar-with-Wesham organised a special science week called 'Let's Investigate' which focused on teaching pupils how to carry out scientific investigations. All pupils participated in an outdoor science day, an environmental green science day, an investigation day and a science fair and attended a workshop with Adrian Bowden - it was definitely a very a busy week! Investigations included a crime scene investigation, to solve a break-in staged by the local police, and building working lighthouses using circuits. The whole school also took part in the challenge to go without electricity for a whole hour on their annual eco-day.

    "Adrian Bowden did both Infant and Junior science shows that were outstanding"
    (Science Co-ordinator, Medlar-with-Wesham CE Primary School)


    North Kidlington Primary School, Oxfordshire

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    Project: Science Week 2006
    The North Kidlington Partnership held a successful science week in 2006. The week included visits from Hands on Science-Oxford, Space fund Road Show, Wasps and Bees workshop and a talk on Bats.

    View North Kidlington Patrnership's activity sheets


    Sherwood Primary School, Lancashire

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    Sherwood Primary School used their Edina grant to purchase a wide variety of resources for their 'WOW' Science Week. Equipment purchased included a thermometer, pushmeters, a polymer kit, and a slime kit!

    "All the children, staff, parents, governors and visitors were extremely impressed and WOWed. I bought lots of equipment which I normally would not have been able to purchase."
    (Science Co-ordinator, Sherwood Primary School)


    Tweedbank Primary School, Scottish Borders

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    Project: Investigations Science Week 2009
    Tweedbank Primary School held an "Investigations Science Week" in March 2009. This involved visits from Zoolab, a local pharmaceutical company, health professionals, the countryside ranger, police and many more. P6 and P7 also had a fantastic visit to the Glasgow Science Centre and took part in a wide range of activities. Pupils also carried out experiments on fingerprinting and crime solving, and learnt about the human body. Some classes carried out experiments using magnets, while others investigated colour and water. A wonderful visit from the Science Sleuth helped two classes to investigate foods using a chemical indicator. Even the nursery joined in and investigated how animals move.


    Woodburn Primary School, Midlothian

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    Woodburn Primary School used their grant to purchase visualisers for their science week. The police worked closely with 60 P7 pupils, to demonstrate the science work required to collect evidence from a crime scene. Each pupil was finger-printed, and the pupils used the visualiser to project their prints onto the Smart Board or computer. Finger prints were discussed, compaired and contrasted.


    Woodcote Primary School, Oxfordshire

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    Project: Science Week March 2007
    Woodcote Primary School held a successful science week in which pupils covered curriculum relevant topics including habitats, life cycles, forces and light. The pupils took part in many activities such as experiments and pond investigations, saw theatre shows, and visited the National Space Centre.

    "We had a fantastic 'science' week at Woodcote Primary School. We are extremely grateful for the money that the Edina Trust provided to the school. We could not have had such an inspirational week for the children without it."
    (Headteacher, Woodcote Primary School)

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