STEM Learning – Polar Explorer Programme 2017
RSS David Attenborough
Brockley Primary School is very proud to announce that learning across the school during the autumn term will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as we are taking part in the STEM Learning Polar Explorer Programme.
Throughout the term all classes will cover a range of topics finding out more about polar exploration as well as carrying out research projects that will help develop our understanding of this remote region and the impact the changes in the area are having on our planet’s oceans, marine life and climate system.
Over the term there are lots of opportunities for you to be involved with your child’s learning.
To find out more about this exciting project, follow the links below:
A new polar research ship for Britain
Construction is progressing on the RRS Sir David Attenborough – one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world. From 2019 onwards scientists researching oceans, ice and atmosphere will have access to state-of-the-art facilities on this floating multidisciplinary research platform.
The new polar ship is commissioned by NERC, built by Cammell Laird to a Rolls-Royce design and operated by British Antarctic Survey. This new research platform will transform how ship-borne science is conducted in the Polar Regions. The commissioning of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is part of a major Government polar infrastructure investment programme designed to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic. This £200m commitment represents the UK Government‘s largest investment in polar science since the 1980s.
- Length: 128; beam: 24m; weight: 15,000gt
- Scientific cargo volume of approximately 900m³
- Endurance – up to 60 days (Polar Regions)
- Range 19,000nm at 13 knots (24 km/h) cruising speed; more than enough for a return trip from England to Rothera Research Station, or to circle the entire Antarctic continent twice!
- Ice breaking capability – up to 1m thick at 3 knots (5.6 km/h)
- Bow and stern thrusters for excellent dynamic positioning in challenging conditions
- Launch and recovery of aerial and ocean robotic systems
- Crew approx. 30
- Accommodation for up to 60 scientists and support staff
With greater fuel efficiency and an ability to use remotely operated and robotic technologies, the ship is expected to reduce the environmental impact of ship-borne science and save more than £100m in operating costs over its 25-year lifespan.
Investing in science, technology and engineering
Britain has been a world leader in polar exploration and research for over a century. Studying these remote regions plays a crucial role in helping us understand the changes in our planet’s oceans, marine life and climate system. The two existing British polar ships, the RRS Ernest Shackleton and the RRS James Clark Ross, are nearing the end of their 25-year lifespan, so there is a need for a new, modern platform for Arctic and Antarctic research. Operated by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the ship will be available year-round to the whole UK research community, including postgraduate trainees.
Enhanced scientific capability
The RRS Sir David Attenborough‘s design optimises her ability to support science in extreme environments. A wide range of specialist scientific facilities, instruments and laboratories will enable scientists to conduct a wide range of multi-disciplinary sciences to study the ocean, seafloor and atmosphere. Data from the deep ocean and under-ice inaccessible locations will be captured using robotic and remotely operated devices.
She is the first British polar research ship to feature a moon pool – a vertical shaft (~4 x 4 m) running through the vessel and open to both the air (at deck level) and sea (at the hull). Using the moon pool, scientific equipment can be deployed and recovered through the centre, and thus most stable part, of the hull. This is both easier and safer than deploying equipment over the side or stern, particularly in the rough seas characteristic of the polar oceans.
While the ship will have a number of laboratories on board, the increased space for containerised laboratories from RRS James Clark Ross introduces a new level of flexibility in science support. As technologies and techniques change the containers can be reconfigured to ensure research teams have what they need to conduct world-leading science.
Intelligent instruments and marine robotics
The ship will have the capability to deploy, operate and control a range of remotely piloted science instruments at the same time (i.e. both airborne and marine remotely operated vehicles and autonomous platforms) in polar regions.
The new polar ship for Britain will operate year-round. She will spend the northern summer supporting Arctic research cruises and the austral summer in Antarctica carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to BAS research stations. With her ability to spend up to 60 days at sea unsupported, and an ice-strengthened hull designed to break through ice up to 1m thick, the RRS Sir David Attenborough will undertake extensive voyages with significantly greater geographic coverage than the RRS James Clark Ross. The ship’s operational facilities will enable it to undertake logistics work efficiently, maximising the time spent on research cruises.
Remembrance Day 2016
Follow this link to watch a short animated clip suitable for children about the significance of the poppies and why we wear them with pride. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02qvbd9
The British Values at Brockley Primary School
The DfE have reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’.
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated throughout the year. At Brockley Primary School, these values are taught through our broad, balanced and enriched curriculum. Frequent opportunities to apply the key learning behaviours that support the school’s vision to create valued members of our community.
At Brockley Primary School we actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views. British Values is an ongoing theme within our whole school assemblies.
Pupil voice is used as a tool for school improvement. Our Celebration Assembly held every Friday afternoon is an example of how we celebrate a pupil’s personal success and achievements in terms of learning behaviours and attitudes that also reflect ‘The Brockley Way – Only my best is good enough’ .
Parents complete a range of questionnaires as part of our ongoing consultation process throughout the year. These comments are used to improve the school. We have also established a Parent Voice Forum led by and for the parents, meetings are held termly and the information is shared with staff and the school community. Fundamental changes to the working day have been made as a result of this successful working partnership.
Pupil questionnaires have been used by subject leaders to prioritise actions and to evaluate the success/impact of change. This is an area school is keen to develop further.
The School Council plays an active part of the decision making process at Brockley Primary School. Members are voted for by their peers and they regularly feature as a part of the whole school decision making process, taking and sharing information from their weekly meetings and then presenting back their findings in order that opinion can be sought.
The Rule of Law
A consistently applied Behaviour Policy is shared with the children. ‘The Brockley Way’ is reinforced regularly and opportunities are sought frequently to praise positive choices, through the use of raffle tickets. Pupils’ modelling behaviour consistent with the school’s high expectations are recognised and used as role models to others. Through assemblies and the school’s PSHE curriculum, children develop an understanding of law appropriate to their age. Access to high quality text gives pupils a safe way of exploring the ‘breaking’ of laws and an opportunity to discuss consequences when this occurs. Pupils are taught explicitly that laws keep us safe and our PSHE curriculum enables pupils the opportunity to recognise when they do and do not feel safe.
Visits from other external agencies such as the Fire service, Health professionals and ‘People who help us’ reinforces their understanding of the responsibilities held by various professions.
Protective Behaviours are taught across the school and every child is aware that they have the right to feel safe. They are also taught that there is nothing too awful that they cannot talk to an adult about.
Children are valued for their differences and there is a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs to enable children to try new things, develop new skills and practise existing ones. Care is taken to provide equal opportunities for all genders such as boys and girls sports teams.
Time and care is taken to know each child as an individual and regular circle time sessions give children a chance to share their feelings and options in a safe way.
Opportunities for children to take on more responsibility within the school are encouraged. Pupils support daily in the office, have responsibilities as Eco Councillors, Play Leaders, Librarians, corridor monitors and a range of other positions that occur over the course of a typical school year. For all of these positions, pupils have to complete an application form detailing their personal strengths and the skills that they could bring to the role. The children are interviewed for the roles by their peers to ensure a fair process.
If pupils show disrespect to one another, this is dealt with immediately through our behaviour policy and Parents/Carers are contacted.
An Anti-Bullying week is held annually and various well-being events are held across the year. During these sessions, children are taught to value differences in others and themselves and to respect others.
Many children at Brockley Primary School participate in local sports events and competitions both within our cluster and at a county wide level. These ensure children experience competitive events and have an opportunity to apply their sportsmanship skills with other schools.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
The school follows the agreed Derbyshire Religious Education (RE) syllabus which ensures that the children learn about all the religions of the world. Assemblies contribute to the knowledge of special occasions and children and their families come to share with the school information about how they celebrate these events at home. The local Reverend visits the school for community performances and talks to the children in assemblies; these talks coincide with main events occurring in the Christian calendar such as advent. Resources in classrooms are regularly audited to ensure that they reflect our multicultural society and stereotypes are challenged.