The 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 with input into lessons and visits to participate in experiments at the senior school eg Ice and Fireworks.
Each year we run a Science Week with visits from scientists to Assemblies and to year groups. The children participate in a week of themed activities which includes building, trying experiments, testing hypotheses etc.
Technology Clubs are offered at lunchtime and give children the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of designing and making functional products.
The P6&7 Technology Clubs have 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.
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.