The highlight of our week has to be our opportunity to
take part in a LIVE Science lesson via BBC Live Science website.
Mrs. Casewell asked Class 6 if they would be willing to take part in a new initiative by BBC to engage hundreds of young scientists around the UK. Of course we said yes! Our task was to take part in the live science lessons with over 100 other schools around the country at the same time, then we needed to assess the experience, decide whether it was a positive experience and whether Mrs. Casewell should look to include more classes in the future.
Well the answer to all of those questions was a resounding….YES! Every single child who took part in the live lesson, from St. John’s, loved the experience.
At 11 am, the 60 second countdown started to the live feed from BBC studios. Class 6 gathered in their seats with their Science books open and ready to learn. We were introduced to our two presenters, Leah and Ben, our scientist, Steve Mould, and of course the star of the show – Hacker the Dog.
During the lesson, we learnt that to become successful scientists we need to; observe the world around us, ask questions about how and why things work, and to record our findings and thoughts.
After that, we moved on to the topic of Electricity. This was when we became physically involved. We had two separate worksheets to complete in two time-slots of 60 seconds. Lots of discussion, thinking and scientific concluding happened in that total of 120 seconds.
Mr.Still even tweeted our answers live to the studio! Unfortunately, our answers weren’t read out but we were correct in our scientific thinking – although we would’ve been very excited to see our names appear on live television!
Our favourite part of the session was a demonstration that we were able to repeat in class. Using; plastic cups, table tennis balls, a high-visibility jacket and a powerful torch, we were able to reproduce the energy flowing around a simple circuit to light up our bulb. We even managed to repeat the demonstration to both Year 4 classes – who impressed us with their own knowledge of circuits and the flow of electricity!
Here are a few of our quotes after the event:
“I really liked how funny Hacker the dog was and that we all had the chance to be scientists.”
“I thought it was brilliant that Mr.Still could tweet the presenters live in the studio!”
“10/10. Definitely want to do one of these again!”
So as you can see a very positive response from Year 6, however, they were also critical thinkers too and had a few suggestions to improve the experience.
Mrs. Casewell and Mr. Still will now plan a future live lesson including the suggestions from our fantastic Year 6s too.
Well done, Year 6. Responsible, engaged and hard-working: brilliant ambassadors for St.John’s.
Thank you also to Mrs. Casewell for researching and suggesting such a brilliant experience. We all truly enjoyed it and learnt so much too!