To engage and excite our pupils, in and beyond the classroom, to develop scientific skills and knowledge which will help them ask and answer questions about the world around them and to recognise the implications of science today and in the future.
Science at Forest Hall is exciting and hands on, where pupils learn fascinating facts about the world around them. They also develop a variety of skills to enable them to investigate their own ideas. The pupils are not only taught how to plan and carry out a variety of investigations, but also how to collate results and look for patterns and reasons behind their findings. Across both key stages, external visits with a science focus are regularly undertaken at a range of venues, such as the Centre for Life, the Rising Sun Country Park and the Coast. We also have a wildlife garden with a pond,which the pupils can access when exploring different habitats and seasonal changes.
At Forest Hall we are constantly reviewing our practice and striving to give our pupils the very best in quality teaching and learning in this subject area. We now have a STEM after school club which is led by our STEM ambassador,
who works for a local company. In keeping with our theme of "Geordie and Proud" the pupils did some research work about the Tyne bridges before designing and making their own using different materials. The STEM club will resume again in the summer term when we hope to develop some aspects of our wildlife garden.
We encourage our pupils to see the relevance of STEM subjects beyond the classroom walls and every year we have a STEM focus week where classes take part in a variety of STEM based learning activities. Last year we hatched chicks and watched them grow and develop over two weeks. There were lots of opportunities for the pupils to design and make homes for the chicks and some classes visited a local factory to learn how packaging is made. There was lots of food technology going on too with egg based recipes being tried out. We also had parents ,who have careers in STEM subjects, working with our year 6 pupils. It was a very exciting and memorable week. We are all looking forward to STEM week in 2020 now!