St Anthony’s School for Girls has been experimental and inventive in celebration of British Science Week.
Budding scientists at the Golders Hill-based school participated in a range of activities throughout the educational week, delving into the wonders of science, technology, engineering and maths.
To kick-start the national event, a batch of living eggs were delivered to the school and placed in an incubator. Intrigued pupils monitored the eggs throughout the course of the week before they hatched, leaving the school with seven new residents.
The pupils then embarked on a whole school trip to the Science Museum. The younger children were invited to explore ‘The Garden’, a hands-on gallery designed to investigate water and the senses. Pupils were delighted by the variety of floating and sinking activities and were fascinated when exploring reflections, shadows, colour and how sounds travel in the ‘eyes and ears’ zone of the gallery.
A visit to the Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery ignited curiosity in science and maths amongst the year 3 and 4 pupils. Through more than 50 cutting-edge exhibits and immersive experiences, the gallery explored themes of forces, electricity, light, sound, matter, space and maths.
The year 3 and 4 girls also joined sister school, St Anthony’s School for Boys in a co-educational approach learning about robotics. Year 7 and 8 boys from the school demonstrated how the Vex IQ robot could be constructed and programmed to follow instructions.
The week culminated in an exhibition of inventions which were created by the pupils, who designed and built their own creations which would help the environment, made solely from recycled materials.
Headteacher, Laura Flannery commented: “The girls have had a great week exploring the subject of science, they have been highly engaged and inspired by the broad range of activities.
“The week aligns well with our science curriculum which is hands-on, practical and fun. Through the development of scientific knowledge and investigation, our pupils will gain the necessary skills to evaluate evidence and present conclusions clearly and accurately, something which is a useful life-long skill.”