Technology at Pevensey and Westham

Pupils are getting the chance to experience making electricity powered cars using a variety of practical engineering skills. This time it was Year 3 – 100 Acre Wood – but every class will get a chance to have a go. Steve McGuinness, working with our STEM Consultant, Marcus Cherrill, has developed a series of projects aimed at engaging pupils and giving them access to a whole range of new skills. Steve has been Head of Technology at a local secondary school and has years of industry experience to bring to the classroom.

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Keep checking back for more technology projects and our new Robot and Tech Club each fortnight on Tuesday afternoons.

Tech club – Robot Wars!

We are adding a new club this term to help children develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills. It will run fortnightly on a Tuesday alongside Science Club. There will be a chance for children to design, make and test robots and compete in races, sumo wars and obstacle courses. We had some test runs this afternoon!

Places are limited. Please see Miss Brett or Mrs Delaney for more details. The next session will be on Tuesday 24 Jan.

STEM Leaders Conference

img_8058As part of our commitment to raising achievement through science at Pevensey and Westham, we are organising the first Eastbourne STEM Leaders Conference to be held on Thursday 20 April 2017. The event is aimed at Years 5, 6 and 7 across all schools in the Eastbourne area, including Hailsham and Seaford, encouraging those pupils with a real interest in science, technology, engineering and maths to participate. Schools will be entering teams of five pupils to present projects on sustainable STEM solutions to global issues such as clean water, air pollution and renewable energy sources.

We are grateful to TEVA Pharmaceuticals for their support and to STEM Sussex and the Association for Science Education for their involvement. We would also like to thank Eastbourne College for providing the Birley Centre as a state-of-the-art venue. Lead teachers in science are also invited to take part in a training session on Thursday 19 January to provide some project ideas.

We are also keen to hear from local companies that would be willing to provide prizes for our draw during the event. If you would like to find out more then please contact the school or add a comment below. We will tell you more about the Conference in the New Year.

Reindeer mayhem

The School has been over run with herds of large and small reindeer. With beady eyes and sharp chiselled looks these very friendly, carrot-loving, carol-singing, four-footed wonders have dropped in to say hello and bring some Christmas cheer. Large and small reindeers have been spotted in the car park and the staff room but they seem to be keen to have a nose around. The children have also been busy making Christmas treats in Forest School. Have a look at some of these in the gallery. Keep your eyes open for those reindeer!

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Science Centre Visits

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The Herstmonceux Science Centre is an amazing place and it’s just on our doorstep! STEM leaders have already visited and explored the centre. Year 3 and Year 4 had a great day on Tuesday 11 October experiencing all the activities, looking inside a telescope, bridge building and taking part in a science show. You may well have seen pictures on Class Dojo but we thought we would try a little fun science quiz using these pictures from the Science Centre. See if you can identify what kind of science these exhibits are trying to explain. If you have questions about any of these then why not come along to PAWS Discovery to get your science questions answered.