Boundary Oak pupils reach for the stars during British Science Week

Pupils at Boundary Oak School in Fareham enjoyed some out-of-this-world STEM experiences as part of the school’s celebrations to mark British Science Week. 

Boundary Oak pupils launched their own rockets with the help of the University of Southampton space flight team
Boundary Oak pupils launched their own rockets with the help of the University of Southampton space flight team

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.”

About Boundary Oak School

Boundary Oak School is an IAPS co-educational, day and boarding for 2 to 16 year olds.

Located among 30 acres of beautiful English countryside, with fields, woods and stunning views, Boundary Oak is a magical setting for a child’s education. It is also steeped in history; the Grade II listed main building, Roche Court, was built by Peter de Roches, the bishop of Winchester, in the 13th Century and hosted King John of England and his son Henry III. The school itself is celebrating its centenary next year having been founded in 1918.

Boundary Oak School takes pride in its strong family ethos and the personalised learning it provides. This is a community of learning built upon mutual trust between teachers and pupils with a strong shared sense of purpose, and a commitment to high standards driven by passion and enthusiasm.

Our rigorous academic curriculum is supplemented by our vast array of clubs, sports, drama, music, art, computing and outdoor learning opportunities. Facilities include an art and DT studio, food technology classroom, theatre, library, ICT and 3D printing suite, woodland school, swimming pool, hockey and tennis astro, and extensive sporting grounds.

We aim to foster an intellectual curiosity to develop freedom of thought and expression and support our pupils to take responsibility for their own personal and collective learning.

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