Great Crosby Catholic Primary School
Great Crosby Catholic Primary School
3C have been studying fossils and even had the chance to make their own using plaster of Paris.
The theme for this year's science Week is 'Connections'. Each year group will be carrying out different investigations within the theme.
This section has some links to activities that could be carried out at home. We'd love it, if you are able to, if parents and carers could share photos of experiments the children carry out. The children don't have to be in the photo. Please post them tagging @GreatCrosby and @ScienceWeekUK #BSW23 on Twitter and @great.crosby.catholic.primary and #britishscienceweek2023 on Instagram.
Check out the Science Kids free experiments section, full of fascinating hands-on experiments that are a great way to enjoy the world of science.
Learn interesting science and technology facts by experimenting with different materials that react in surprising ways. You'll find many experiments can be done using simple ingredients found around the house (with adult supervision of course). Basic materials can help you perform experiments that are simple, safe and perfect for kids.
Try some of the experiments on the Royal Institution webpage. Each one has a video and activity sheet. You could investigate and make cakes in a cup; launch a bottle rocket, experiment with cabbage juice; make gas to inflate a balloon and learn about mixtures, solutions and chemical reactions while making home-made play dough. The experiments are labelled Chemistry, Brain, Physics and Maths and use household items.
Year 5 classes are taking part a 6-week project called 'Future Food Heroes', exploring zero-waste food and a circular economy. They are being introduced to Farm Urban's work and research in aquaponic and hydroponic food.
They have been split into teams to develop their skills and ideas to present their own future food solutions.
In the sessions, they are learning about how food grows and experimenting with their aquaponics systems, wormeries and mushroom kits.
They have built an aquaponics system and are learning how to grow fish and plants together.
The children are growing mushrooms using spent coffee grounds and cardboard.
They are discovering how worms turn food waste into food for plants.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Educate Awards Outstanding Commitment to STEM in recognition of the Year 6 Workplace Workshop last summer involving visitors from several local science and engineering employers.
On Monday 27th June Great Crosby held our first ever Science Workplace Workshop, in conjunction with Smashing Stereotypes from British Science Week. The day was jam packed full of people who work in the science industry.
Here is the list of occupations that joined us on our science spectacular day: Senior Doctor / Registrar In Emergency Medicine at Southport and Ormskirk Emergency Departments, Dance teacher Musculoskeletal Therapist Philip Cutts School of Dance Medicine, Merseyside Police CSI, Chemical Science AstraZeneca STEM Ambassador, Scientific Associate II, Pharmaron Biologics UK, Environmental Advisor for Antarctica on behalf of New Zealand government, Systems Engineer/ BAE Systems and Consultant Medical Microbiologist/Liverpool Clinical Laboratories and finally Head of Chemistry/Sacred Heart Catholic College.
As the day was due to be so much fun we invited our cluster school partner Valewood Primary School to join in the fun. The two schools together enjoyed the day and inspired many children to have career aspirations in the science industries.
If you would like to take part in next year's Science Workplace Workshop please get in touch: email@example.com
Year 6 enjoyed an online careers talk by Lorna Bennett, a renewable energy engineer at ORE Catapult, the UK's leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy. She explained her career journey and the process of designing and maintaining wind turbines. The children asked thought-provoking questions. We are grateful that she is, "working towards building a better world by creating new things to make old things better". Thanks to Positive Footprints for organising the event.
Year 6 attended an online career conversation about climate change with Jamie Brogan from Edinburgh Climate Change Institute and Raising Aspirations. We discussed how we all have an impact and we have pledged to play our part in living simpler and being green.
We pledge to reduce waste and to use our voices to influence others.
We have learnt that little things make a difference - our futures, our lives.
From Friday 14th October to Sunday 6th November, Liverpool welcomes the 8.1km scale model walking trail of the Solar System. Begin at the Sun on Church Street, make your way along the city’s iconic waterfront and Trans Pennine Trail before finishing in Otterspool where Pluto awaits.
Click on the image to visit the homepage and watch the video.
There are a number of events linked to the trail.
Click on the button to find out more.
If you do visit and would like to share your photos, please tag us on Twitter @GreatCrosby or Instagram great.crosby.catholic.primary with the hashtag #OurPlaceInSpace
Oliver Jeffers is one of the authors whose books we study in school. Our Place in Space has been designed by Oliver Jeffers with leading astrophysicist Professor Stephen Smartt and a creative team led by Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland’s leading creative media arts centre.
Click on the button to see Oliver Jeffers's books.
Click on the button to find out about recycling.
This is an initiative of the United Nations.
The theme for British Science Week 2023 is 'Connections'.
Click on the green button to visit the Royal Greenwich Observatory website to find out about the Summer Solstice.
How can we stop using plastic bags?
Games, videos and activities related to the topics studied in Years 1 and 2.
We use the Design and Technology Association's 'Project on a Page' scheme of work which is based on the six essentials of good practice:
• User – children should have a clear idea of who they
are designing and making products for,
• Purpose – children should know what the products they design and make are for.
• Functionality – children should design and make products that function in some way to be successful.
• Design Decisions – when designing and making, children need opportunities to make informed decisions
• Innovation – when designing and making, children need some scope to be original
• Authenticity – children should design and make products that are believable, real and meaningful to themselves
In Design and Technology lessons, Year 4 have been learning about simple circuits and switches.
See the switches and lights in action in this video.
In Year 2, we have been learning about The Great Fire of London, so we designed and made a moving toy fire engine with functioning wheels and axles.
We had great fun testing and evaluating them!
In Computing, we use resources from the National Centre for Computing Education's 'Teach Computing' scheme with units covering:
We teach online safety through using activities from CEOP's ThinkUKnow scheme.
Visit our online safety pages for more details.
Each year we take part in the Hour of Code.
In 2022, we took part in Mission Zero sending Python programs to the International Space Station, sending messages to the astronauts and measuring the relative humidity.
Year 1 children are developing their computer keyboard and mousepad skills to draw a digital design of one of the characters from the Gingerbread Man. They are also learning how to open and save documents.
Mission Zero is a European Space Agency project that enables children to write and send a Python program to the International Space Station to run on the Astro Pi computers on board. This year the Year 6 Code Club have coded designs from nature that are going to be run on the ISS in May. In 2021/22, Year 6 wrote programs that measured the relative humidity on board the ISS, to so that the crew were aware that it was within normal safety levels. Click on the image above to see Ava and Harrison's program running on an emulator.
Year 1 and Year 2 children have daily NCETM Mastering Number sessions focusing on key knowledge and understanding of of number composition, developing number sense and fluency. Reception children begin their sessions at an appropriate time in the academic year.
The children become familiar with using the Rekenrek to compose and decompose numbers. This helps them build strategies for doing basic mental maths calculations.
Children learn key vocabulary and use stem sentences to help them to explain their mathematical thinking and reasoning, giving them firm foundations for Key Stage 2.