Black History Month: Hidden figures

By Mr. Setchell on Friday, October 13, 2017 in British Values, Community, Computing, History, Maths, Science, STEM. No Comments


When we think about history, some of the most inspiring stories come from recent times. ‘Hidden Figures’ is a film based on the true story of three brilliant African-American mathematicians – Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson. They worked at NASA in the 1950s and ’60s making the important calculations that helped launch the […]

Year 5 Space Centre Trip

By Miss Edwards on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in Learning Adventure, Science, STEM, Uncategorized, Year 5. 30 Comments


Year 5 have had a fantastic day at the National Space Centre in Leicestershire. The children started their day by visiting the Planetarium. We learnt about: the physics of rockets which linked to Isaac Newton’s ‘Law of Motion;’ and what is required for the combustion of a rocket (oxygen, fuel and ignition). Using the two […]

Space Science

By Georgina Stone on Monday, November 14, 2016 in Science, STEM, Year 5. 3 Comments


What a week for science! Tonight there will be a supermoon- in preparation for our trip, I wonder! This is the closest approach by the moon since 1948. Follow this link to find out more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37860505 Year 5 have their trip to the National Space Centre. Early start children: we will be taking the register […]

Y6 Science: Cosmic Classroom

By Mr. Setchell on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in Science, STEM, Year 6. 5 Comments


Today we watched a live broadcast of the cosmic classroom. Tim Peake answered questions live from the International Space Station and we learned about what life is like in space. He also told us what happens when you try to drink water in space; it turns into a spherical shape and starts floating about so he […]

Science Week: Top scientist drops in to speak to Year 6!

By Mr. Setchell on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Science, STEM, Video Lessons. 2 Comments


Dr. Cameron Smith, one of the world’s top scientists in the field of space colonisation, dropped in to Year 6 today to answer the children’s questions on future humans. In this video, Dr. Smith gives a great response to Oscar’s thoughtful question: ‘Would someone with diseases or illnesses be allowed to colonise space?’     […]

Science Week: Year 6 calculate space travel distances.

By Mr. Setchell on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in Maths, Science, STEM. No Comments


If we had to leave Earth and colonise space, how long would it take to get to our destination? To find out, Year 6 have been using a simple formula: time = distance ÷ speed. We first calculated the distance between planets in miles. Then we divided this by the speed of the fastest space probe – […]

Science Week: Year 6 working with world’s top scientist!

By Mr. Setchell on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in English, Maths, Science, STEM, Video Lessons. 3 Comments


Next week, in all our lessons we will be considering how humans might evolve after colonising another planet. To deepen our thinking, Dr. Cameron Smith – one of the world’s top scientists in this field – has kindly agreed to hold a webcam question and answer session from his base in Portland, Oregon USA! Check out Dr. […]