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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

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What does science look like at Great Missenden?


At Great Missenden Primary School, we are SCIENTISTS! It is our intent to distil a lifelong love of science within our pupils and an understanding of how science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. This is all done by providing a high-quality science education. Science aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them. Children are able to discover how the world works and our place, impact, roles and responsibilities within our environment. Our children are encouraged to ask questions and apply their scientific skills and knowledge to investigate and find answers. Our children are able to develop a systematic and logical way of working and are able to reflect on investigations to develop knowledge and gain informative answers. Science allows children to be inquisitive in a safe environment. It will help develop confident, articulate and investigative learners.


At Great Missenden we are mad about Science and we are thinking scientifically in all that we do; in addition to our independent Science lessons, we weave scientific thinking into many of our creative topics across the curriculum and encourage children to be involved in extra-curricular activities such as competitions, school trips, STEM week, themed days and after school clubs. These rich and exciting opportunities to learn help to develop a passion for Science that everyone at Great Missenden can experience. 

The Science Learning Journey 2020/2021

September 2020


In year 6 we are focusing on 'Living things and their habitats' and last week we used Carl Linnaeus's theory of taxonomy to classify different sweets and chocolates. We used all that we had learnt about classifying animals and plants and applied it to the sweets. We thought about ingredients, structure, colour to help us group. We created classification keys within our groups. We had lots of fun doing this and the practical element really helped us get to grips with how we group things and how we create our own classification keys.

Science at Great Missenden School in previous years!

Here's a daily challenge for you to try at home! Skip ones that you don't have the materials for.

Make your own icecream! Mrs. Phipp's had some incredible results...

This is Rowan's (4G) Science experiment and I thought you might all like a go! A Rainforest in a bottle- incredible!


Learn to make your own one here:

Heera's home-made (with help!) lava lamp...

Heera's attempt at oobleck...

Still image for this video


I have a special challenge on here for all of you today, and it involves, you guessed it, Science! 

Wondering what this is?
Check out the video below for more information…


My science experiment was a success! What experiments have you done at home? I would love to share the scientific results (in video or picture or written form!) here, so that you can challenge your friends and compare your results!
For example, I made oobleck in my video, that’s one example of a non-Newtonian fluid, can you think of, or find, any more? 
Watch this video if you need a hand:



Tree Tour at Braywick Nature Centre

Watch this to explore your learning about trees and how to identify them! We reccomend you start from about 4 minutes in.

Nature education resource for KS1-2: introduction to tree ID, deciduous/evergeen, photosynthesis, blossom, fruit and cones. Introduces a range of native and exotic tree species.

You can check out a whole list of other Science and Nature videos here, from the same people!

They've recently done an incredible "bug hunt" which I'm sure you'll all find interesting!


STEM Week 2020

This year we were blessed to have our STEM week during British Science Week!

We had many interesting and exciting visitors come and show us how exciting and accessible their jobs were. Discussions and lessons about their career choices, their mistakes and their efforts to improve the world by fine-tuning their talents have been a huge inspiration to the children of Great Missenden and would not have been achievable without our incredible community of volunteers!

More photo's to follow.

Thank you!

Our introduction assembly

STEM WEEK 2019 – 3D Printing, Coding, sketch-up and robotics

The children at Great Missenden School have had such an exciting STEM week 2019. They were visited by a local engineer (Chris from Technet) who works closely with schools offering a wide range of workshops to inspire the next generation of inventors.

Following an introductory assembly about the benefits of 3D printing, coding and robotics, children from all year groups were given the opportunity to explore and play around with a range of different technologies, watch a 3D printer in action and create their own coding for robots. 

At the end of each session the children were fortunate enough to take their own 3D printed name tags or USB sticks home with them!

A fantastic week all round!

STEM WEEK continued 


Year 5 and 6 have had such an exciting start to their STEM week. After an introduction to what STEM week stands for (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) the children were joined by our guest visitor Mr Hoy from Cutting Edge in Pitstone. Mr Hoy asked the children to design a clock. The best designs from both year groups were selected and within the space of an hour they had been drawn onto a CAD program and cut into a 3-D clock made from the plastic Corian. The process involved using computing skills to redraw the designs and understanding how the mathematical coordinates were relevant to the cutting machines. We then sent the winning designs to the Cutting Edge workshop by email and watched the whole manufacturing process via a Skype link to the workshop. It was a sensational day – so many young inventors were inspired! A HUGE thanks to all the staff at CUTTING EDGE for their voluntary support.

STEM week 2019 - Year 5 and 6 clock design and making!

Year 5: Forces - Air Resistance - making the 'perfect' parachutes

Year 5: Forces - Using Newton meters to measure weight

Year 5's trip to the National Space Centre was 'Out of this World!'

Year 5 - The Stages of a Science Investigation - STAGE 1: Question - What happens when we mix ink with water? (Chromotography)

National Space Week 2018 - Encouraging creativity through Science, Technology, English and Maths. Thank you to all children for the wonderful and creative entries!

Year 5 - Writing Non-Chronological reports about Earth and Space in English

Year 3 - Investigating Light and Shadows

Some of our wonderful displays around the School

Trip to the National Space Centre Autumn 2017

Science Week 2017

Children had a great time during science week with Google Expeditions, Natural World Experiences coming in to school and inspiring everyone. Children also took part in investigative learning through marble runs and water rockets.

Science Week 2017