27th March 2019 — Space travel themed activities were incorporated throughout the curriculum between 8-18 March, with pupils putting their space-survival skills to the test with a series of daily astronaut challenges, from mental puzzles and teamwork challenges to physical training in PE.
On Wednesday 13th March, pupils had the chance to learn about spaceflight and to design and to launch their own space rocket when Southampton University spaceflight volunteers visited the school to deliver workshops with pupils in years 4-10.
And on Monday 18th March, children from Preschool to year 3 were able to embark on their own journey into space with the help of virtual reality headsets.
Boundary Oak Head of Science Dr Sarah Silvester said: “We had a blast this science week and it has been wonderful how the whole school has taken on the space travel theme - from listening to space journeys in music, to being space tourists in geography.
“Undoubtedly, the highlight was rocket building and launching with the Southampton University space flight team, which ignited the children’s imaginations.”
As well as learning about space, there was a range of hands-on activities to engage pupils in STEM learning throughout the Week.
These included workshops in boat design, an investigation into the science behind a rollercoaster at Paulton’s Park, and a year 6 visit to CEMAST (Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training) at Fareham college.
Headteacher James Polansky said: “It’s hard to overstress that making STEM relatable means taking it beyond the classroom. In order to meet the future skills gap, it’s crucial that we make STEM interesting, relatable and relevant for young minds.
“As the curriculum becomes more challenging, our challenge as educators is to keep their eyes open to the bigger picture: that whether it is basic utilities, healthcare, technology or leisure, we stand on the shoulders of scientists and engineers in almost every facet of our daily lives.”