October Diary

posted Oct 18, 2014, 11:09 AM by Mrs Payne   [ updated Oct 18, 2014, 11:10 AM ]
October Diary Entry

                                                                                                 Bury St Edmunds County Upper                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rolls Royce Science Prize                                                                                                                     

October 2014 Diary Entry

Targets for October:

  • Make draft plans for STEM fair and make bookings.

  • A successful Year 6 Lawshall Trip – positive responses to evaluations

  • Plan Year 7/8 Gifted and Talented Day for November

The Year 6 students from the three middle schools within the Bury Trust spent a day at Lawshall woods on October 10th. The activity was led by the Greenlight trust – a local organisation that helps people to develop an understanding of the environment and teaches conservation skills. The students used enquiry skills to find out about plant populations in the woods. They developed their communication skills in order to build a giant food web from scratch but their favourite activity of the day was counting tree rings. They each took home a section of a tree they had sawed and had identified the year they were born from it. They noticed that the rings were different sizes and they wondered why this was, so as a follow up the students will be investigating the weather patterns in those years to see if there is a correlation. The year 13 Environmental scientists and Biologists also made a trip to the woods in the same week to gather data for their coursework. We were really pleased to further develop our relationship with the Greenlight trust through this activity and we are looking at other opportunities for outdoor learning.                                                                          

Nadine and Colin have been busy with organising bookings for the STEM festival and careers fair.  Part of the planning will be ensuring that a variety of companies are present. One exciting activity already booked is chocolate welding! Bookings now need to be finalised so that organisation of the venue can be done. Nadine met with STEMnet to see how STEM ambassadors could be used for future events.  Nadine and Colin to attend the ASE Conference in Ipswich which will allow for networking with other teachers and Scientists that are interested in involvement with the STEM Festival. We already have interest from other 6th Form colleges in the county that wish to attend the Careers fair.                                                                                                                                                    

Invitations have been sent out for the Year 7/8 Gifted and Talented Day to all middle schools in the area. It is expected that we will have around 60 students attending the event on the 14th November. Everything is now in place for the ‘Enquiry Led’ CPD on the 24th October. We have 22 members of staff involved in science teaching from across the trust attending. The course will involve members of staff from across the phases working together to develop lesson ideas and resources that promote enquiry.

Targets for November:

  • A successful CPD session for Academy staff – positive feedback received and impact seen in the classroom (to be evaluated in 3 months time, along with best practise shared in faculty meetings)

  • Successful Year 7/8 Event – Positive student and Teacher feedback

  • Continue to finalise bookings and planning for STEM festival

  • Complete timetable for CHaOs event on 5th December and liaise with CHaOs and Bury Trust schools

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