At Gulf British Academy, we’re not letting the pandemic situation disrupt the enjoyment of learning. An example of this was British Science Week 2021 – a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that took place between 5-14 March 2021.
The theme this year was innovation, but what does that mean? It can be defined as a new idea, method, or device, and for each year group this was the focus during our Science lessons. Many of the project photos were shared with our pupils directly but we’ve gathered some together here in a series of galleries.
Where do mini-beasts live?
In a bug hotel of course! Our KG pupils were challenged to build their own hotel for some creatures to stay in. They carefully considered the facilities needed to attract many mini-beasts to stay.
What should an alien wear if they visited Earth?
In Reception classes, pupils were busy designing a suitable coat for the alien’s trip. Pupils thought about the best materials for the alien’s new piece of clothing.
Can bugs save us?
In KS1, pupils designed Robo-bugs to help in three main areas; search and rescue, exploration and construction. They carefully considered the adaptations of bugs such as camouflage, good eyesight and powerful legs to create a brand new Robo-bug. Year 2 then used play-doh to make their designs come to life as a 3D model.
How can I reuse plastic?
Year 3 promoted the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! They then created new useful items from their old plastics that were around the house.
What about animals and the planet?
Year 4 classes have created diorama of biomes on Earth. They have discussed the problems our planet will face in the coming years and how we can protect areas or even how we can redesign them to cope with change.
How good is our food?
Pupils in Year 5 and 6 took on the roles of different characters and participated in class debates on selective breeding and the implications it has on food production. In Year 5, pupils then worked on their entries for the poster competition and came up with new inventions that would help us make food better, healthier and easier. Pupils in Year 6 also produced new protein bars for the Kuwait football team.
Plastic recycling, energy use, and inventions!
In Year 7, pupils designed two at-home experiments to identify types of plastic easily so that we know which plastic to put in the recycling and which we should try to reuse at home. Pupils also analysed the way plastics are sorted on a large scale and how to make this more cost effective. They also analysed energy use and designed some new innovations.
Our teachers have been extremely proud of the engagement and high quality of the work they’ve seen during British Science Week 2021. Our pupils have proven they are ready to take on the problems of the future and look after the many aspects of our ever changing world!
We hope you enjoyed your extra special science lessons for this week as well as the poster competition and at-home activities.
You are the scientists of the future!