British Science Week at St Thomas More School
Wednesday 12 April 2017
St Thomas More Catholic School pupils celebrated British Science Week with five days full of experiments, tropical animals and their very own Science Fair (13-17 March).
The vast array of activities on offer during the week, catering for all ages, enabled pupils to explore new concepts, engage in deep discussion, and most importantly, to become fascinated by the world we live in. Pupils were challenged to consider how the theory covered in class relates to current research and societal issues as well as how this ultimately informs government policies.
On Tuesday, 14 March, Year 7 pupils had the chance to explore the power of science and get ‘hands-on’ with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects through attending The Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. Visiting pupils felt incredibly proud to support two of the school’s very own Year 9 pupils, Chriso Panayi and Eriver Kawuma, who had made it to the finals of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition with their exhibit focusing on the effervescent properties of bath bombs.
On Thursday, 16 March, inspired by The Big Bang Fair, St Thomas More School held its very own Science Fair where pupils presented to parents, pupils, governors and special guests, projects and experiments they had spent the previous months preparing. The science projects taught pupils invaluable skills in inquiry-based learning, research skills as well as communication skills.
The winning team, “Natural Disasters”, delivered by Kim Ly, Fallon Bourne, Shinee Gunasekara and Mannab Berhanu in Year 8, demonstrated the conditions behind earthquakes and volcanoes. The high quality of all projects delivered was a testament to the hardworking and curious nature of our pupils at St Thomas More School.