Science Zone

Welcome to the Science Zone!

At the Discovery School, we love exploring, experimenting and enquiring. The Science Zone is the place where we share our love of science.  Watch this space for 'Scientist of the Term'...I wonder who our first scientist will be.

We thought your families would like to join in the fun too, so on this page, you will find experiments for you to try at home (with the support of an adult). Remember to take photos of your super science and email them to one of the science team so that we can share your brilliant work with the world! Click on the images below to have fun with rocket science!

*If you or one of your family members does not want their picture on the website, please share your work with us in another way, perhaps print a photo off at home and bring it into school.*

Miss Charlton: acharlton@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Miss Roe: eroe@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Miss Dey: kdey@discovery.kent.sch.uk

Scientist of Term 1: Mae Jemison

“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”  Mae Jemison.

Our Scientist of the Term links Black History Month and National Space Week, which are both celebrated in the month of October.

Mae Jemison is best known as the first Black woman to travel to space, she is an American engineer, physician and astronaut. Born in 1956, Jemison first studied Chemical Engineering and went on to study Medicine at Cornell. She then spent 2 years as a Peace Corps medical officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Upon her return to the US, Jemison changed career and, in 1987, was admitted to the NASA astronaut training program. On 12 September 1992, Jemison became the first Black woman to travel to space, where she spent just under 8 days orbiting the Earth. (adapted from https://www.varsity.co.uk/science/19693. Photo Credits: biography.com, space.com)

 

Term 1: Family Science 

Science Championship News

We are so proud of our Year 5 and 6 scientists for making it to the second round of the Quiz Club National Science Championships! Four teams from The Discovery School took part and two of the teams made it through to the next heat in February. Well done, we are so proud of you! 

Scientist of Term 3: Dame Sarah Catherine Gilbert DBE 

“I am passionate about inspiring the next generation of girls into Stem careers."

Our scientist for Term 3 is the vaccinologist Professor Sarah Gilbert. She is a very important scientist because she led the team at Oxford University who designed one of the Coronavirus vaccines (a vaccine is a medicine that is put into your body. It helps your body learn how to fight germs that might make you ill). 

In the 1990s, Professor Gilbert began to work at Oxford University. She studied a disease called malaria. Then she began to work on vaccines against malaria, ebola and other deadly viruses. 

The coronavirus was discovered in December 2019. In early 2020, Professor Gilbert began to work on a vaccine for it. Her team in Oxford worked on the virus and designed a vaccine in just one weekend!

Did you know...

A Barbie doll was made to honour Dame Sarah Gilbert. She hopes that having a Barbie doll will show children different career choices that they might not have known about before, like vaccinologists.

 

 

 

Term 3: Family Science 

Get your family involved with these science investigations all about the body. Remember to email the science teams with your photos (see above for email addresses). We can't wait to see your work!