Night at the Science Museum 2017

Ten very lucky children,accompanied by Mrs Grimble and Mrs Casewell, attended the Sleepover at the Science Museum event in London. What an exciting venue to have a sleepover and a fabulous experience for all science lovers!

The evening began with us preparing our beds in our cosy “pod”, followed by workshops. Firstly, we did a treaure trail using ipads. We learned lots about innovation in calculating machines over the decades!

The children were entertained by Zoolab, who brought in different creatures for the children to handle, linking science with maths using the Fibbonaci sequence. Did you know that cockroaches have 2 brains? They can survive almost anything!

We made colour changing night lights which looked spectacular dotted around the gallery whilst children slept.  Finally, 11pm came and we headed to bed exhausted.
After an early wake up call, we headed to breakfast, followed by an IMAX experience and then a session in the hands on exploration zone.

This was my personal favourite! The children learned as they explored different concepts, from light and sound, to forces. We watched as lighting was produced inside and children did some mathematical thinking too (Mrs Grimble even got hands on!)

The children were exceptionally well behaved and a true credit to St Johns. I hope this experience is something they will rememember fondly in years to come and perhaps it will spark in them a desire to learn more, and perhaps be a scientist of the future!






Before the summer holidays, we entered the Sevenoaks in Bloom Wheelbarrow challenge.Many of you may have seen it when dropping off or collecting children.
A wheelbarrow was decorated in school colours and planted by Gardening Club pupils and Class 4C. The theme of ‘plants used in medicine’ reflected our school focus on Science.
On Monday 9th October 2017 , Sevenoaks Mayor, Cllr Maxine Chakowa, presented us with a Certificate of Excellence and trophy (displayed in the main corridor). A huge achievement by all involved.


As part of Year 4’s learning about rivers and the water cycle,a team from South East Water led a workshop teaching the children about where water comes from, how it reaches their homes and the importance of conserving it!

The most exciting part of the workshop was splitting into two teams, and being set the engineering challenge to design a pipe network to transport water around a village. To test the designs, water was let through the pipes whilst Mrs Casewell kept her fingers crossed that Class 4 were excellent engineers. She was not disappointed as both networks worked efficiently and there were no spillages.

One team was awarded the prize for creating the most direct route and also the most cost effective (South East water would be impressed); the other team was  awarded the prize for the most creative network, although not the most efficient!

Class 4 were set the 4 minute challenge in a bid to save water by showering. How many of you have taken up the challenge? Let Mrs Casewell know how well your family is getting on with this.


New Academic Year and plenty of science planned!!

Returning to school to hear the fabulous news that we have been awarded the Gold Primary Science Quality Mark was wonderful as well as inspiring. We have lots planned for the year ahead and know how much it  will benefit our children. I will endeavour to keep you informed of the exciting science happenings through  our “Science Snippets” newsletters and blog.

New this year, is Fizz Pop Bang Science Club, held every Wednesday led by “Hyper” Holly. From what I have heard from the children, it is fabulous fun and they have enjoyed making and taking something home. I was lucky enough this week to see some of the session in which the children explored how we taste things before making fizzy sherbet.Much excitement and great learning too!



Year One’s Autumn Fun

How wonderful to have a bright-eyed, new class of children to get to know! It really has been a pleasure to meet them and get our learning under way. This term we are beginning our topic of Nature Explorer, with the well-known and much loved story character Percy the Park Keeper leading the way. Using his story ‘After the Storm’ we have been learning about weather and oak trees and also what happened nearly thirty years ago during the real Great Storm of 1987.

We thought about different types of weather that Percy may encounter in his park. I then thought we would make weather hats, but one super-thinker had the great idea to turn them into weather belts, a suggestion met with enthusiasm by many!

We have also taken up the  challenge of spending five minutes every day focussing on spelling words correctly. This includes the tricky, exception words that we have to learn to spell correctly by the end of the year, as well as applying our phonics carefully for all other words. We are thinking up imaginative ways to learn and apply our spellings, this week we played a stepping stone game in our socks!

We are half way through the term and still have so many exciting things to learn and do, including our first Forest School experience – I had better find my wellies I think!


School Awarded Primary Science Gold Quality Mark!

We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded a Gold Primary Science Quality Mark, congratulations Mrs Casewell!

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

To read the full report for St John’s click here

First harvest!

Eco and gardening club were eager to show me what they had grown in the vegetable garden. Wow! What a spread! Carrots, cauliflower, radish, courgettes and beans  were presented beautifully. Well done to Mrs Foss and her green fingered team.

Discovery Zone takes to the road

On Tuesday this week, 15 Year 6s travelled with their Discovery Zone to Halstead Primary School where 90 pupils had the opportunity to take part in some hands-on explorative science. This was a wonderful opportunity for both our pupils and theirs to work collaboratively and to share science expertise, developing both subject knowledge and the confidence in communicating it.

Thank you to both yourself and the year 6 children for a wonderful morning. All the children here absolutely loved it! I was very impressed with how professional and knowledgeable your pupils were. Hopefully we can do it again.” Alicia Troth, Halstead Science Leader

Our letters have been received. Here are few to read.  

Yesterday, what felt like an army of teachers and Sixth Form pupils, arrived at school and set up the most amazing carousel of activities for the very fortunate Year 3 and Year 5 classes. Thank you to the staff and the students for today’s workshops – they truly were amazing and we appreciate the effort and enthusiasm for Science!

There were so many activities on offer that it is difficult to write about them all. However, having spoken to the children these are a few of their highlights.

Sixth From students planned and led the activities which included Chemistry, Biology and Physics. The children were amazed by the highly sophisticated  microscopes and being able to observe different specimen slides.

In physics, they explored forces making paper aeroplanes, parachutes and boats.

Many different skulls were brought in for the children to observe teeth and think about whether the animals were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. The most amazing specimen was an elephant tooth, which weighed more than a trombone and  was enormous!

The children were led in setting up their own investigations to explore the conditions preferred by woodlice, maggots and flower beetles.

Through the use of optical illusions, they learned how the eye sees and explored how the ear hears sound.

The children learn how to use the microscopes.

The children look closely at a range of skulls and animal teeth.



“Mrs Turner, this was the BEST day of my life! ! Joaquim Year 3

“Mrs Casewell, you should have been our class today. You would have loved the science. It was amazing. The best!” Lily Year 5

“It was the most amazing day. We learned so much. ” Gracie Year 5

“My best part was that there were so many things to do and that everything was hands on. The people leading were very good an a explaining everything to us so we could understand the science.” Elliot Year 5



“Science Friction” Assembly

What an exciting way to start the week as “Gooey Stewie” entertained us with his FizzPop Science Friction show! Hilariously funny and packed with science facts, this show amazed the audience. Arthur. who volunteered, was surprised to find himself sitting in the middle of a hover board, which we discovered was easier to move with the help of air (in the form of a giant’s hairdryer) which reduced the friction.

FizzPop Science will be running an after school science club next September. So look out for the registration forms in the book bags so as not to miss out on this exciting opportunity.

“I am definitely signing up for that club. So much fun!”  Year 4 pupil