Year 6 visited “School of Biological Sciences” at Reading University to learn about Evolution, which forms one of the new topics in the new national curriculum. The children were involved in understanding why classification is so important before investigating the symmetry of invertebrates as basic determiner for evolution. The teachers and children had an amazing day and were able to inspect a wide variety of preserved invertebrate samples in huge science lab. The lecturer, running the activities, commented that our children’s anatomical knowledge of earthworms is undergraduate level. The Year 5 “Lousehill Copse” walking leaflets have now gone for printing and we’re hoping to distribute them to the local libraries in the next couple of weeks.
The children of the ECOMAD Club presented their work to parents and children in a whole school assembly to show everyone what they’ve learnt and to encourage children to get involved in volunteering activities. Following a discussion with the local conservation group, Reading Rescue, Lousehill Copse was targeted by The Conservation Volunteers for a clean-up activity. This forms part of our sustainability activities for the ECOMAD project, as we are planning to use Lousehill Copse to engage other schools in future through a “Go Wild” events.
As our NQTs gain confidence with the Forest School programme, the focus has turn towards them organising their own activities and extending these activities to other year groups in the school.
The “Subject Perception Survey” has been completed by the majority of children at Churchend. Like the parent and staff questionnaires, the results are extremely positive. Now, the children perceive science to be as important as English, with Maths being seen as the most important. Furthermore, over 80% of the children surveyed agree that the ECOMAD project has made them more interested in science year and has helped them to understand how maths is important in science. These survey results have been backed up by focus groups that have been run with children representing each year group.