Young sci­en­tists put their ex­per­i­ments to the test

The Big Science Event en­cour­ages pupils to carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

They have been tak­ing part in a coun­ty­wide science com­pe­ti­tion called The Big Science Event, in which pupils of pri­mary age en­gage in their own science in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The science projects are the pupils’ own from start to fin­ish, and they worked in small groups in a com­pe­ti­tion de­vel­oped to ful­fil the stan­dards of the new pri­mary cur­ricu­lum.

The pupils also built on key skills they will need in the wider con­text of life, such as work­ing as part of a team, im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and de­vel­op­ing cre­ativ­ity.

Run by Science Ox­ford, the ini­tia­tive be­gan in Ox­ford­shire in 2010 and spread to Bucks in 2012, with schools de­cid­ing how to run it.

Ev­ery child at Robertswood was in­volved, and each year group had their own theme.

Natalie Ti­moth­eou said: “All chil­dren thought and acted like sci­en­tists all week long and the way in which they car­ried out their ex­per­i­ments was ex­em­plary. Through their in­ves­ti­ga­tions, they dis­cov­ered an­swers to ques­tions most of us wouldn’t even think to ask.”

Three groups from the school will go on to the first round of ex­ter­nal judg­ing for The Big Science Event and will present their in­ves­ti­ga­tions and an­swer the judges’ ques­tions.

The Grand Fi­nal and prize giv­ing cer­e­mony at Gate­way Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Ayles­bury will be on Mon­day, June 27.

Pupils will present their in­ves­ti­ga­tions to a panel of judges and all chil­dren at­tend­ing the grand fi­nal will re­ceive a prize.

Pupils at Robertswood School put their ex­periements to the

test in the science com­pe­ti­tion

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