Science

The new primary science base at Kingarth Street was opened by Professor Williams in November 2017. The dedicated science area offers a superb climate for “hands on” experiments in a child-friendly environment, including high-tech smartboard technology.

Pupils from P1-7 are encouraged to discover and explore science topics through an investigative curriculum. Our primary science programme nurtures the children’s natural curiosity and wonder through active learning. We encourage questioning and the development of skills which teach how science works and why it is important to the world.

We benefit from excellent liaison with our Beaton Road Science departments, the Infant pupils regularly participate in experiments about Ice and Fireworks with the secondary school science teachers.

Every March, the primary school follows the British Science Association initiative of Science Week. Children from all classes are encouraged to teach their class experiments, prepare lessons, create power points and give video presentations to share with their peers. The culmination of the event is a Scientist of the Year award - a medal and certificate for each class winner.

We are proud of our connections with both parents and FPs and we are keen to have visits from them to discuss their scientific careers with classes. We are currently developing links with STEM scientists to work with us in the future.

Kingarth Street science base is out of this world!

 

Maths

Maths is a core subject at Hutchesons' and the children develop their numeracy skills and learn ways to tackle problems and challenges during their primary years.

Some might think Matchs is boring but they would be wrong. At Hutchesons' we make maths fun and one highlight of the Primary calendar is Pirate Maths Day.

Specialist maths teachers from the senior school make the annual voyage to the junior school to host an afternoon of puzzles and challenges designed to stretch pupils' imagination and maths ability in a fun context.

 

 

 

 

Technology

Technology Clubs, held during lunch times, are offered throughout the school and give children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products.

The P6&7 Technology Clubs constructed bike racks for pupils taking part in cycle training and made nest boxes which were sold at the Christmas Fair in aid of the school's charity.

Other projects have included designing and building a machine to test a way of moving tomatoes safely downhill without damaging them and building a working matchbox pinhole camera.

All activities at these well-attended clubs help nurture creativity and innovation through design, and by exploring the designed and made world in which we all live and work.

 

 

 

Coding

Code club develops computational thinking to solve problems. It runs every Wednesday lunchtime and the children learn to create games rather than just play them.

Activities involve creating games in Scratch, solving puzzles in Logo and programming the BBC Micro Bit. There are many challenges in the Hour of Code website where children get the chance to explore and produce their own worlds while coding the game.

Children get the opportunity to create websites using HTML and Mozilla Thimble and the design and create graphics, animations and movies.