Last week, North Tawton Primary School celebrated National Science Week with a range of exciting activities to promote science in the school and raise the profile of women in scientific jobs. The aim was to encourage all children to see themselves as scientists and explore the wonders of the natural world.
The week kicked off with a visit to Newquay Zoo on Monday, where Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 students learnt about habitats and endangered species. The children had the opportunity to speak to zookeepers about their jobs and discovered more about climate change and how to protect the natural world. Seeing the animals was, of course, the highlight of the day!
On Tuesday, the school celebrated World Wildlife Day with many children dressing up as animals. The school had some amazing face painting, children wearing cosy animal onesies, some impressive masks, and lots of animal print. The students learnt all about veterinary care from Mrs Cutler, the local vet, who showed them how to listen to heartbeats with a stethoscope, apply bandages and the importance of looking after pets.
The Key Stage Two classes also participated in recycling workshops run by Don’t Let Devon Go to Waste, where they learnt all about composting. The students were amazed by the number of insects found in the compost and discovered how they play an important role in decomposition.
On the final day, the students had a visit from the local police officers who talked about forensic science, showed them how to take finger prints, and even let them hear the police car siren. In their classes, the students took part in investigative and competitive science experiments.
It was a fantastic week filled with exciting activities and visitors. The school wants all children to know that they are scientists and hopes to inspire a love of science and exploration for years to come. A big thank you to Mrs Budiman for organising all the activities and visitors, and for making National Science Week such a success.