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At Blessed Mother Teresa’s Catholic Primary School we want every child to be happy and enthusiastic learners of Science, and to be eager to achieve their very best in order to fulfil their God-given talents. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in Science, which is central to the life of our happy, caring school. 

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Science at Blessed Mother Teresa's

Pupil Voice 

"I like the STEM challenges. I built the tallest free standing tower out of everyday objects at home.  I used books and tins!" 

 

"I created the longest paper chain I could, it was over 1m long!"

 

"I love experiments.  It's interesting to see how materials change as they defrost."

 

"We went outside to see how far away from a sound's source we could be and still hear it."

 

"I like building and testing circuits."

 

"I found it really interesting to learn about the heart and lungs, and ways to keep myself healthy."

 

"Each plane had 2 attempts and the the results are as follows:
5th Daddy ( liked to loop, finished back on the start line)
4th Hollie ( thrown by Daddy, bounced off the sofa. Hollie was not happy with  the quality of the throw, plane now destroyed)
3rd Ryan ( hit the sofa and crashed in a ball of flames. ( joke! )
2nd Owen ( hit the wall, just past the wreckage of Ryan’s plane)
1st Mummy ( flown by Ryan, was limited by the size of the room, if a window      would have been open the plane would have required a stamp to get it          returned)" 

 

The Best of the Best

Have you ever thought about why things are the way they are? I mean overtime someone invented the wheel and from that we eventually ended up with the wheels and tyres that are on cars. Science and the world of discovery and technology is all around us. 

Chien-Shung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu   1912 – 1997

 

Chien-Shiung Wu was an experimental physicist born in China in 1912. Wu dedicated most of her time to researching particle physics, more specifically the theories around beta decay. She conducted experiments using an isotope of cobalt named Cobalt-60 and proved that the beta particles were emitted asymmetrically. Her research disproved the ‘Law of conservation of parity’, which is a hypothetical law in particle physics which states that all objects and their mirror images behave the same way. She proved that this is not true during beta decay. Wu made contributions to our understanding of radioactive materials such as Uranium. She also conducted research which helped scientists to understand more about sickle cell anaemia, an inherited red blood cell disorder in which some blood cells are abnormal and break down prematurely, resulting in fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. She grew up in a culture where it was extremely rare for girls to study science and yet she pursued her passion for physics. Due to this determination she went on to become an excellent physicist and she became the first ever female president of the American Physical Society, often being referred to as ‘The First Lady of Physics’.

 

Something to think about... Why is it important for scientists to continue to question existing theories?

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