Scientific Expeditions!

PORG International School Science Classes

Over the last couple of days, pupils from PORG International Primary School have been taking part in scientific expeditions to the countryside at the edge of Ostrava and one of the many green spaces within the city.

In a city the size of Ostrava, with its public transport network, you are never that far from the countryside. It seemed a bit of a shame to study nature from a textbook when our school is so close to the real thing, so while the weather was nice, we took our classroom outside.

The Key Stage 1 science class, that's Years 1 and 2, walked to our local inline skate park. There are field and forest sites inside the skating track which are perfect for looking at plants and insects and all the other little wonders of nature which we walk past and never notice. You can see pictures from their trips here on our Facebook page.

Key Stage 2, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 went a little further to the forest park on the western edge of town. They wanted to see some of our science topics in real life and bring back samples to study later in the semester when the weather will not be so nice. 

On the first day, our young scientists searched for samples of plants, flowers and seeds. They  learned about how plants live and reproduce, and searched for different kinds of seeds to see how they travel to find new places to grow.

On the second day, they did a little geology. They tried to work out how a rock is made and test their theories by finding as many samples as they  could. Then they studied the samples through powerful magnifying glasses and tried to work out which category each rock fitted into.

Of course they  had time for a little fun as well, using the exercise stations built around the forest park for some PE classes. They also did a little English and maths revision by pinning questions to trees and having a race to see who could get all the right answers the fastest. You can see pictures from the Key Stage 2 science trip on our Facebook page here.

Science makes a lot more sense when you get close to it and experiment and we believe in starting right at the beginning. In primary school science, we can just enjoy seeing a little bit about how our world fits together. There will be time to study the details later in school or university but primary school science is the time to get interested!