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    Sciences - Autumn 2023

    Our Sciences Masterclasses aim to bring together like-minded Year 5 children (Year 6 in the Autumn Term) from local primary schools to work through a variety of stimulating scientific investigations using techniques and equipment that are not usually available to children of this age.

    In Autumn Term 2023 we will be holding two identical courses (‘Fitzpiers’ and ‘Stafford’).  Each course will comprise six sessions of 90 minutes duration, with two sessions focussing on each of the sciences. Taught by subject specialists, the courses will run in parallel but will complete the sessions in a different order to each other.
    A typical programme is outlined in the table below.  Please note that the timings are different to those for the Mathematics and the History and English Masterclasses.  The first meeting will start with a short briefing for parents.
    Session Timings Sessions
    Sat 9 September - Session 1
    Intro briefing 1000-1015; class 1015-1145
    • Biology 1: Crime Detectives
    • Chemistry 1: Fire and Light
    • Physics 1: Wondrous Waves
    • Biology 2: Mini-beast Adventurers
    • Chemistry 2: Try This at Home!
    • Physics 2: Blast Off! 
    *Please note that the two courses will complete the sessions in a different order from each other and not necessarily in the order outlined above.
    Sat 16 September - Session 2 0930-1100
    Sat 23 September - Session 3 0930-1100
      Break for Kimbolton School Open Morning (30 Sep) 
    Sat 7 October - Session 4 0930-1100
      Break for Kimbolton School Field Weekend (14 Oct) and Half Term (21 and 28 Oct)
    Sat 4 November - Session 5 0930-1100
    Sat 11 November - Session 6 Class 0915-1045; final presentation 1045-1115

    Although each session is independent of the others, we expect children to attend all the Masterclasses in their course.  There is no charge but places are limited and we cannot guarantee a place for every child who applies.

    We have written to the headteachers of participating schools to invite them to nominate suitable children. The deadline for applications has now passed. We will email all parents/carers by the evening of Wednesday 28 June with news of the allocation of places. Please check your junk/spam box if you have not heard from us by this date. Our next series after this one will be in Spring Term 2024 for 2023-24 Year 5 pupils.