St Mary's Road, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8LF

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St Amand's Catholic Primary School

Science can change the world!

Our vision at St. Amand's is for pupils to foster their natural curiosity for science through an exciting, inclusive and inspiring curriculum. Through purposeful enquiry and a rich, stimulating environment, pupils are given opportunities to explore and question in order to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Red Kites and Squirrels classes had a visit from Dr, Price. Children were 'hands on' scientists and were able to dissect a heart and see the different parts that work together to help blood flow through the body. The children were able to feel the parts for themselves before acting out how the blood flows.

Another exciting science opportunity at St. Amand's when Mr Jensen, a Forensic Scientist, who works for Thames Valley Police visited to tell us all about his job and how he uses science to help solve crimes. There was a cake thief on the loose in school and all the children had to help Mr Jensen solve the mystery and uncover the thief by finding evidence and using forensics to solve the crime! 

What an amazing science week we have had! The week started with a visit from Ms. Vollmar a biochemist, structural biologist and software developer. She taught us that anyone can be a scientist and talked about her job at Diamond Light Source in Harwell. She told us how, by looking inside living things, we can understand how they work and how research at Diamond Light Source has helped to contribute to developments of vaccinations for COVID 19.  The children were amazed to think that this all went on just around the corner from their school. The children then got stuck in with a series of activities making mini molecules, investigating how magnets work and looking at light diffraction.

We were then treated to an' Operation Ouch' experience by Mrs Kerner-Bignell and Mr Bignell, who is a Consultant Surgeon at the John Radcliffe hospital: Mrs Kerner- Bignell a radiographer. Through a series of hands on activities  the children were able to learn about the work of a surgeon. Some were happier than others to get stuck into the slightly gory task of finding out what teddy had swallowed by feeling around in his intestines. The children were also give the opportunity to use equipment used in a theatre by surgeons when performing keyhole surgery. They quickly realised just how fiddly this is and how important fine motor skills are for surgeons.

During the week all the children were given the opportunity to work scientifically by observing, investigating, recording and finding out answers to lots of different science questions.

The week ended with a fabulous celebration of science where the children came to school dressed as a scientist or science innovation with some inventive and fun costumes..