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Science Week Starts Tuesday 10th March

Science Fair at Hammond!

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

At Hammond School, we love Science and after the success of our ‘Science Week’ over the last few years, we are going to hold another in the Spring term. This will be held the week of Monday 9th March 2020.

In a change from previous years, children at Hammond will be completing their project in school time. This will drive our science learning this half term and be linked to topics the children are enjoying in class. The children will investigate, research, test and present their findings in school.

Each year group has chosen the following categories, linked to our topics for the children to choose from:

Year 3: Materials/Freestyle

Which material would make the best blackout blinds/curtains?

Which material would make the best coat?

Year 4: Humans

How does the length of time we exercise for affect our heart rate?

How does age affect a human’s reaction time? 

Year 5: Space/Forces

What would humans have to do to be able to survive on Mars?

How does being in space for a long time affect the human body?

How do rockets work?

Year 6: Freestyle

Choosing their own question to investigate

Research a famous scientist and then produce a presentation about their life and work.

 

Your children are also welcome to complete an additional project at home if they wish. This is entirely optional and would be in addition to the project they are completing at school. In the same style as last year, there are different categories for the children to choose from. Details of these are below if children wish to explore something beyond the categories each year group have chosen.

Humans

How does the length of time we exercise for affect our heart rate?

How does age affect a human’s reaction time? 

Space 

What would humans have to do to be able to survive on Mars?

How does being in space for a long time affect the human body?

Materials

Which material would make the best blackout blinds/curtains?

Which are the best kitchen towels for mopping up spills?

Forces

How does the size of a parachute affect the time it takes to fall to the ground?

How do rockets work?

Plants

How does a seed change as it germinates?

Do some seeds grow more quickly than others?

Light

How do shadows change over a day?

Freestyle

Choose your own question to investigate!

Research a famous scientist and then produce a presentation about their life and work.

 

If you do choose to create an additional project, here are some pointers:

Projects will be judged on; creativity (how does your entry look? Are there pictures? Is it eye catching and exciting?), investigative skills (did you investigate logically?), background knowledge (why did you pick this question? What did you already know?), method (what did you do?), presentation of results (tables and graphs) and the conclusions you have made (what did you find out?).

Each entry should be able to stand by itself. Please see the pictures below for examples. You may also have small models, demonstrations or handouts to support your project.

SW1          SW2         SW3

This investigation will need to be handed in on Monday 9th March.

On Tuesday 10th March children will have the opportunity to see each other’s presentations during school time and parents are welcome after school between 3:15 and 3.45pm for a Science fair/Project Gallery in the classrooms.

Our winner and runners up will be announced in a whole school Assembly later that week, once the judging panel have made their decision, awarding certificates and prizes. These lucky children will then be invited to attend and showcase their projects at the ‘GLF Science Fair Grand Final’ at the Royal Holloway University in Egham, Surrey on Monday 30th March 2020. More information about this event will be sent home with the winners.

If you need any help or clarification, please do come to speak to me or email me via the school office.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Naughton,

Science Co-ordinator