In our science lesson this week we explored the lives, achievements and legacies of a diverse range of individuals whose inventions and discoveries have affected all our lives:
❖ EYFS (Exploring the World): Elijah McCoy, who changed the railways for ever, making possible the long journeys that make the world today a little smaller!
❖ Year 1 (Materials): Lyda Newman, who patented the first modern-day hairbrush by moving away from animal fibres and towards purpose-centred approaches.
❖ Year 2 (Living Things and their Habitats): Charles Henry Turner, and his work on ways in which termite colonies respond individually and collectively to changes in their environments.
❖ Year 3 (Forces): Sarah Goode, whose understanding of the ways in which different forces act was behind her invention of the world’s first fold-up bed!
❖ Year 4: (Animals, including Humans): Marie Curie, the double-Nobel winner whose work with radioactivity expanded our knowledge and understanding of the structure of the human body.
❖ Year 5 (Space): Katherine Johnson, whose ground-breaking work leading a team of NASA computer programmers allowed the Apollo missions to land humans on the moon.
❖ Year 6 (Circulatory System): Charles Richard Drew, whose early attempts to study at medical school were thwarted by racist authorities – but who went on to save millions of loves by revolutionising how we collect, store, transport and use blood products.
If you would like to have some science fun at home then there are a range of activities and experiments you can do with the theme of ‘Connections’ here:
Easy ideas for British Science Week - Science for Kids (science-sparks.com)
I’d love to see any experiments, activities or research you do!