Explore Science Day

Partner: Highfield Community Primary School, Blacon, Chester
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

A day of science experiments at King's organised for the 7 schools in Blacon/ Lache areas of Chester. Organised by King's Chemistry Department to find which King's teacher had "stolen" of the trophies from the locked trophy cabinet!

Aims of the project

Aims:

To give children the experinence of using a laboratory.

To encourage interest in science.

To instill aspiration in science.

Critical factors for success:

buy in from the schoos invited

transport to get the children 

imediate beneficiaries:

Teachers and pupils from invited schools

Background and goals

We have had a link with the 7 schools for some time via Chester Municiple Charities. We wanted to improve our links and build relationships. Through meetings with the representative from Highfield Junior school, we discussed some ideas. Science is an area where resources are limited in primary schools and together with a few other areas, this is one we explored first.

Resources

accessibly experiments for primary children in Chemistry which are safe

resources of 2 Chemistry teachers for a day and planning beforehand

resources of science technicians in setting up beforehand and needed all day to prepare resources 

cost of experiments, cover for teachers, extra technician hours, lunch for invited schools

Impact

The accompanying teachers were asked for feedback after the day. The children were inspired and enthused about science and all of them asked us to repeat the day again next year. 

Pupil involvement

 24 Year 6 children from 6 schools.

Support from 6 King's Sixth Form students.

Frequency and duration

Ond day event to be repeated annually with schools in specific areas of deprivation.