12 November 2019

Pupils from Rush Common Primary School’s two Year 3 classes visited the ASP Lab to investigate Light and Colour. They enjoyed learning about how shadows change depending on how high the sun is in the sky and how to mix coloured lights to make new colours. The excellent blackout in the ASP Lab really helped with these investigations.

In the same week, Dorchester St. Birinus Year 5 and 6 visited for the Electricity workshop and Abingdon Home Schoolers came in to investigate Bones and Skeletons with Head of Biology, Simon Bliss. The first session of the Primary Science Club, organised and run by Abingdon Science Ambassadors, took place this week and there were visits by Mike Litchfield to Dunmore and Jeremy Thomas and Terry Sexon, with Science Ambassador Chris Nikolaev, to Caldecott Primary School to carry out the regular CREST Star investigations with Year 2.

Dunmore Primary School’s Student Council members also came to a workshop with Royal Society project partner Tanesha Allen, to learn how to analyse the wildlife videos collected with our camera traps at Stansfeld Park over the summer. In a new collaboration, ASP Co-ordinator Jeremy Thomas and ASP Assistant Megan Milarski, ran a Science and the Sea workshop at the Hospital School at the JR’s Children’s Hospital. This was quite a challenge due to the range of ages at the school that day and the need to fit around their medical needs and treatments.

Feedback was very positive though, with Hugh Kitchin, curriculum leader for maths and science, e-mailing the following comment afterwards:
‘It was really engaging and enjoyable for the young people who were able to take part today. It was fantastic that it worked so well for such a spread of ages and abilities. And the colleagues there were all extremely grateful.’

To finish off this busy week, Jeremy Thomas was invited to represent the ASP and Abingdon School at the annual Ralph Allen Lecture of the Worshipful Company of Horners, held at The Royal Society of Medicine in London. The invitation came as a result of the excellent Science Opens Doors event for primary pupils and parents that the Horners Company hosted at the ASP Lab last year and the help given by Michael Triff and a number of Abingdon pupils in beta testing a new careers selection platform devised by the Horners and other organisations.


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