Science

Our Vision

"Engage pupils in scientific questioning and reasoning, developing their skills through challenging learning and investigations."

Our Principles of Teaching and Learning Science

Science teaching at our school is good when ...

Children are curious.

Children are challenged.

Children learn through questioning and exploration.

Scientific vocabulary is used and understood.

Children experience a range of skills when working scientifically.

Children enjoy regular enrichment events.

Children learn effectively in the outdoor environment.

Children can apply their previous learning to new situations.

Children understand the relevance of science in the real world.

                                                                                  
Winners of the NFU Farmvention Competition

School's winning ways with wool in Farmvention competition

Creative pupils at a Cambridgeshire school have won first prize in a national education competition after developing Huggley - a dressing gown made from British wool that converts into a cuddly toy.

Year three children at William Westley Church of England Primary School, Whittlesford are now heading to the House of Commons to showcase their distinctive design, as one of eight winning schools in the NFU’s Farmvention competition.

Working with teacher Elizabeth Nally, the 28 pupils took on the challenge of designing a unique clothing product made from British wool using science, technology and maths (STEM).

During the project they looked at the thermal insulation, sound insulation and waterproofing qualities of wool and compared it with other materials. They also discovered that, between them, they own about 1,500 cuddly toys, all made from non-biodegradable man-made fabrics.

The children came up with the idea of using fur wool sourced from Yorkshire to make a cosy, warm dressing gown that converts into a biodegradable cuddly toy. Every child was involved in knitting the garment and also made pom poms, which were used to make Huggley’s ears.

Dr Nally said: “The competition was so well-structured that the children were able to use all their scientific enquiry skills and they had a lot of fun with the research as well. They found out a great deal about wool and about the materials used to make most cuddly toys.

“They wanted to make something that would be loved by children but also good for the environment.”

As well as taking part in the Farmvention exhibition at Westminster on 17 March, the children will be spending a day at Robert Law’s arable and sheep farm near Royston, finding out about food and farming.

The Farmvention competition forms a key part of the NFU’s education programme which reconnects children with food, farming and the countryside, all while learning about core topics within the national curriculum

NFU President Minette Batters said: “The launch of Farmvention last year was hugely successful and demonstrates that food and farming does have a place within children’s education.

“The enthusiasm we’ve seen from both pupils and teachers is infectious and is reflected in the incredible designs that have been submitted.

“I can’t wait to see the designs in person at the House of Commons, and meet the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematics. Or better yet – the next generation of farmers.”

                                                                                                                                                                          
Winners of the Astrazeneca Energy Challenge

Food for thought as winner of AstraZeneca Energy Challenge revealed

A Whittlesford school has been named the winner at the grand final of AstraZeneca’s scientific challenge for children.

William Westley C of E Primary School was declared the champion of the Energy Challenge following 40,000 hours of preparation across Cambridgeshire schools.

The AstraZeneca scheme, which attracted 53 county schools, challenged children in Years 5 and 6 to research the energy densities of different foods. With the help of AstraZeneca mentors, the young scientists made and recorded scientific observations and measurements, interpreted data, and drew conclusions.

AstraZeneca Energy Challenge grand final, AstraZeneca and MedImmune, Granta Park, Cambridge. The winning team from William Westley C of E Primary School, with back, from left, Jane Osbourn, VP Research and Development, MedImmune, Dr Elizabeth Nally class teacher, and Mike Snowden Senior VP of discovery sciences. Picture: Keith Heppell

During regional heats, schools presented their findings to a pool of judges to win a place at the final, which was hosted by Dr Jane Osbourn, vice president of research and development at AstraZeneca. The winner was announced on Thursday (July 4, 2019).

Dr Elizabeth Nally, science lead at William Westley, said: “As it is such a relevant investigation we involved the whole school, having an initial introductory assembly followed by investigations in every class.”

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