Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

                       (STEM)                        

After attending Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) training earlier this year, Miss Potts entered an action plan to Rolls-Royce Schools Prize for Science and Technology and became one of 6 finalists. She has been given a budget by Rolls-Royce to put her plan into action. Miss Potts intends to integrate STEM concepts within the Jewish Studies Curriculum through hands-on learning to create more opportunities for Cross Curricular teaching. With the help of her STEM team; Mrs Burton, Mr Pritchard, Miss Ballin, Mrs Frankel and the School Governor Janine Kasmir,  they will engage and motivate our pupils through their education, where Secular and Jewish Studies are sculptured together, thus creating innovative entrepreneurs into STEM. This will also be done through a Year 6 and Reception STEM club. 

Tu B'shvat activities will be updated soon

 

Chanukah

For Key Stage 1 and EYFS we decided we wanted them to understand the Science behind how oil is made, so we had an Oil Press Workshop.

Each year group has learned about Chanukah and explored STEM concepts, surrounding the festival of light. In Reception we investigated what happens to oil when we combine it with water and food colouring. The children made predictions and began to come up with their own scientific knowledge to describe what they thought might happen.

“We are Scientists! I think the oil will mix with the water. Oh no, the water went down and the oil went up.”

“It will rise.”

“I predict, they will both change colour.”

“I think they’ll separate."

                                            

 

During the festival of Chanukah the Menorah is used to light the candles for 8 days and nights which is symbolic of the story from the Torah about miracle of the oil lasting for 8 nights when it should of only lasted for 1 night.  In consideration of the children understading the importance and purpose of the Menorah that we light every night during the festival of Chanukah, we created a STEM Menorah Competition, to enable the children to practise their STEM skills at home as well as in school with the involvement of their parents.  We encouraged families to work together to design, test materials and build their Menorahs. We asked for designs to show measurements, with photographs to reflect material tests and reviews of their completed Menorahs. The Menorah Competition has triggered a positive atmosphere and excitement throughout the school with both parents and children discussing what they have been working on.

We had over 40 family entries into our STEM competition. The children were given first, second and third prizes judged upon Menorah’s Design, Finished Product and the Evaluation process. This meant we had 9 winners, however because it was very difficult to decide, we ended up giving a further 7 Creative STEM Ambassadors of the Future certificates.

Here are our 7 Creative STEM Ambassadors of the Future.

Asher, Avi, Eliyah, Meir, Shifra, Shaya and BenTzion

Winnes for Planning and Design Process.

First place goes to Yoni, Zehava, Tzvia and Dina                             Second Place was Ayalla

        

 

Third place was Yisroel

 

Winners for Finished Product:

First place was Tamara and Leora                                   Second Place was Benjamin and Rachel

   

Third place was Ariella, Gadi and Yoni

Winners for final product and evaluation process.

First place was Amalya and Gavi                                 Second Place was Rafi and Jacob

 

Third place was Rafael

Here is some of the comments we have received from parents, after the competition had taken place:

“We really enjoyed completing the project as a family and hopefully that is evident from the happy photos! I think the boys gained lots of skills from completing a scientific report. “

“Bringing STEM into the competition really created a sense of achievement for both of them. With every stage it allowed for great thinking and discussion in what we were actually building on at that time and because we were now aware of STEM which we hadn't heard of before. We kept noticing how our design was consistently using science, tech, engineering and maths.”

 

 

Whole School STEM Day 28.11.19

Each year group participated and you can see from the pictures what a fun day the children had, as well as a great learning experience—for Staff as well!

 Reception made our clay menorahs, we had to work really hard to mould and engineer the menorahs to make the right shape and then we had to carefully count out the right number of holes for our candles.

Year 1 used their STEM time to try to find out the best material to make a dreidel from.  They had to choose between Lego, Kinex, tin foil and card…….

 

Year 2'shistory topic is the Great fire of London. We had a super time making Tudor style houses and then burning them outside to create our own 'Great fire of London.' A sizzling time was had by all with fire extinguishers at the ready! The children had plenty to talk about when they went home that day and have been writing a fantastic newspaper report all about it.

 

 

​In Year 3, the children learned about how we see light, how shadows are formed and what they are. We then experimented with different materials and distances of light to see how it affected the strength and size of the shadow. The children learned about the Chanukah story and made shadow puppets to perform the play.

 

Year 4 have conducted their very own electric circuits in order to create a Chanukah Menorah. They worked really hard all day, using their knowledge in Electricity and the designs of a Menorah and have produced beautiful works of art (and science).

 

As all Jewish children know, the miracle of Channukah was that the holy oil that burned in the Temple Menorah lasted for 8 days before it was consumed (instead of just 1) but how does oil behave in the natural world, when Hashem is not performing a miracle?  Year 5 have been finding out about this amazing, everyday substance to support their Materials and their Properties Science work and have learned how to mix and separate it.  We also used our understanding of oil’s density to create some marvellous marbling as a background for our Channukah artwork.

 Year 5 As all Jewish children know, the miracle of Chanukah was that the holy oil that burned in the Temple Menorah lasted for 8 days before it was consumed (instead of just 1) but how does oil behave in the natural world, when Hashem is not performing a miracle?  Year 5 have been finding out about this amazing, everyday substance to support their Materials and their Properties Science work and have learned how to mix and separate it.  We also used our understanding of oil’s density to create some marvellous marbling as a background for our Chanukah artwork.

Year 6, investigated at the connection between Chanukah and electricity.  They plan to look at the lives and achievements of famous scientists to help us develop a passion in STEM subjects and consider pursuing a job in a STEM field.​

  

 

Animate Me-Year 6, 26.11.19 

Year 6 put their Mishna learning into practice by creating Animate Me motion pictures of several cases in the Mishna. The children are learning about the Torah law relating to damages and these really helped the children to understand  what they were learning in a practical way.

 

  

Noach's Teivah 30.11.19

EYFS and KS1  incorporated STEM concepts into our learning of the Sedra of Noach and his Teivah. We introduced new scientific language to the children, surrounding floating and sinking. We then made predictions and investigated what different materials might sink and float. We also spent time designing and engineering our own little Arks based on our findings and discussed what materials would be appropriate. We made our Arks from paper, card, foil and wood and then tested what happened to each material when tested in the water and discussed which was best. They really enjoyed watching their Arks float in the paddling pool and were truly engaged in this activity particularly, when they tested what would happen when they added marbles. They then investigated and counted how many marbles it would take to sink their boats! We also engineered our own giant Ark made from cardboard, cardboard boxes and wooden blocks. The Ark was made to have 3 floors, just like the Ark in the Sedra for the rubbish, the animals and the people. 

 

 

  

Science Club

Over the last couple of weeks, the Year 6 children have been planning and recording their own video applications for our Science club. The volunteers planned a short script over the weekend about what they would be able to bring to the STEM group and why they want to apply. Using the school Ipads, they recorded their applications during the afternoon sessions. The children have planned the upcoming STEM sessions and are well equipped to teach, model and scaffold STEM concepts to the Reception children.

  

  

Sukkot 10.10.19

Over the past month the children in Nursery have been busy, learning all about the Jewish Holidays. We have talked about our traditions and how we celebrate them in school and at home. After Rosh Hashana, the next Jewish festival is Sukkos. To celebrate the holiday of Sukkos Jewish people build a temporary place to live for the 8 day festival. We explored different ways of engineering and decorating our Sukkahs. We used different tools, equipment, textures as well as food and building blocks to build our structures. The children took time to plan their ideas and they worked well in groups and also have the opportunity to cut and add greenery to their Sukkah.

After learning all about this festival and why we live in our Sukkah on Sukkos, Year 1 were given the opportunity to engineer their own Sukka. They discussed the type of materials they think they might need and what they will use to construct and to build an effective one. They used their mathematical skills to help measure out the materials and suggested that all the bamboo sticks must be the same size. The children then worked together to build their own Sukkah, they were given: bamboo sticks, cello tape, string, fabric, bull dog clips, staplers and cable ties. It was really great to see the children work together to engineer their Sukkah.

Year 4 have been using the Chromebooks to engineer and build their own Sukkah using computer software called ‘Tinkercad’. The children could explain and show how to engineer a Sukkah using this software.

  

 

Rosh Hashana 26.9.19

This month the Jewish Studies objective was to understand the purpose and importance of the Shofar (a ram's horn). To incorporate STEM into EYFS and KS1, we booked in a Shofar Workshop to engage and inspire the pupils with hands on experiential learning. In the workshop, the children crafted their own Shofar and learnt how to separate the horn from the core. They helped the craftsman saw off the end, creating their own musical instrument.  It was quite amazing to watch the children so engaged in their learning, and this workshop was a brilliant way to incorporate STEM into their religious studies education. It allowed them to learn how the instrument that is used for a religious purpose, is actually crafted for its purpose.   

   

    

                                                  

 

The children also carried out an experiment, they were given two unknown substances (honey and oil). They then discussed what they might be, through exploring the texture of the honey and oil through touch, smell and consistency. The children then took turns to be blindfolded to identify and investigate the two substances.

                                                       

For Rosh Hashana, Reception learnt about bees, how honey is made and we explored shape and engineered a hexagonal hive together. We also brought in technology by using our bee bots. Before we could use the bee bots, we had to teach the children how to code, they learnt this through playing a coding game in which the children had to follow the arrows/codes in order to move. This helped them when we then used our bee bots.