Fantastic way to finish the year!
Two years ago, to coincide with the fantastic Tim Peake space project, we held a a ‘Year of Science’ here at school. A year that involved growing seeds that have been in space, holding whole school lessons with the International Space Station and borrowing a 3D printer for science week!
One thing that is very clear from these experiences is that the children really do get lots out of them – and next year we are linking with a similar project for Polar Exploration (more on that to come in September).
However, to get started with this project we were offered the chance to Skype with a Polar Scientist currently based in North Norway. She will be our Polar Ambassador for the duration of the project. Emily is studying toxicology, exploring flora and fauna in these extreme conditions. The chance to ask a real expert about their experiences was one that Class 4 relished – and they really didn’t disappoint. Year 6 were desperate to get involved which is why we set it up before they finished! They asked Emily not only about her living conditions (surprisngly student-like when in the Arctic) but also about her motivation and inspiration. She explained to us that even in the short time she has been studying (four years) she has witnessed the effect of climate change including rain for the first time last year.
The children were also interested in the dangers, and the excitement (or otherwise!), that living in this part of the world brings and Emily explained about Polar Bears and the peril of frostbite.
All in all a fantastic experience to finish the year with – one that Y6 will take with them to secondary school and will link nicely with the rest of the project for Y5. We will be seeing Emily again – and, if there is interest, next time I will invite Parents along!