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Science Week July 2023

At Harehills Primary School, we are passionate about teaching Science and are keen for children to understand that Scientists has a huge impact on our lives.

During Science week, we looked at developing Science Capital across school.

Science Capital

Science Capital is important because we need more young people to engage in science in a wider context (rather than just passing exams at the end of school).

We need them to be passionate about science and inspired to keep studying beyond school, and then make a difference to the world.?

The theme for this year’s Science week was to raise awareness of the work that Scientists do.

Each year group was given a scientist from BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds. Children found out lots of interesting facts and have been busy creating posters, leaflets and exciting projects!

During the week, children were taught about the career options available for them in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

We invited lots of visitors from STEM careers to pop into school and give talks.

We had talks from Doctors and Surgeons through to Engineers and Scientists. They visited classes and talked about their careers. Children were able to ask them questions too!

In classes, children from Foundation Stage all the way up to Year 6 were challenged to create a project.


Year Group Scientist Project
Nursery Fabian Rivers Habitats – creating a safe home for your pet.
Reception Chantelle Lindsay Minibeasts and living things – make your own ant farm.
Year 1 David Attenborough Animals including humans – create an animal.
Year 2 Tooni Mahto Animals - Discovering the layers of the ocean.
Year 3 Jim Al-Khalili Forces – create a chain reaction marble run.
Year 4 Anantha Chandrakasan Electricity – make a security vault to prevent a diamond heist.
Year 5 Li Zhang Irreversible Change – Slime Olympics
Year 6 
Sir Charles Kao 
Light – Laser beam maze game. 


On Friday 23rd June we ended with a lovely science fair in the school hall. All year groups shared their projects. Parents were invited. Our Year 6 children acted as science ambassadors. We all had a lot of fun!