Art Hub

What is the 'Art Hub'?

Hello. My name is Mrs Rickards and as well as being a class teacher in Year 1, I am also Art Subject Leader.

One of my responsibilities within this role is to oversee and guide how we teach and track pupil progress in art, one of the foundation subjects in the National Curriculum.

 School Science Policy Aims
  • To develop pupils’ curiosity, enjoyment and interest in science
  • To develop pupils’ understanding of key scientific concepts
  • To help pupils acquire practical scientific skills
  • To ensure pupils’ understanding of the relevance of what they are learning
  • To build pupils’ specialist vocabulary
  • To develop pupils’ understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science

I have set up this art area to be used to keep the children up-to-date with some of the most relevant scientific developments that would be of interest to our pupils' curious and inquisitive minds. We will endeavour to post science-related stories at least once a month so do please keep checking back.

In addition, we will also be using this area to advertise and report on scientific events that happen in school e.g. workshops, science experiments in class and our participation in British Science Week coming up between the 9th and 18th March so watch this space...

With the imminent arrival of longer days and warmer weather, we also plan to return our live internet stream from our bird box and our bird feeders too.

Mrs Rickards, Hedgehogs

Mrs Rickards

Art Subject Leader

What is exciting in the world of science at the moment ?

Science Day @ Meopham Community Academy - 15th March 2018

Today, the school celebrated Science Day 2018!
Mrs Connor (Joint Science Leader) treated KS2 to a practical demonstration of some cool experiments that could be duplicated at home. She showed the children water-absorbing crystals, she demonstrated gravity with a discussion using a yo-yo and, using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, she created a carbon dioxide volcano!
To accompany her practical demonstrations and scientific questioning, Mrs Connor shared a presentation too:
Across the rest of the school, Year 4 made 'Science Day' cheese, Year R were investigating healthy eating, Year 5 mummified apples and Year 3 made paper helicopters and balloon-powered to follow shortly!
Science Day Assembly 2018
Year R Bubble Science
Y3_Y4 collage


Notice how the light day length is getting noticeably longer.  When you go to a regular afterschool activity have you noticed how you came home in the dark a few weeks ago and now go home in daylight?  During March daylight will lengthen by 1 hour 29 minutes.
We have the vernal equinox on the 20th March, when day and night are of equal length (12 hours each).  From then on (until the Autumn equinox) we are going to have longer times of light (day) than of darkness (night).
Watch out for the full moon on the 2nd of March and another full moon called a blue moon on the 31st March.  (A blue moon just means the second full moon in a month.)


The first butterflies to emerge are usually the pale green or yellow brimstone.
Brimstone 2


Listen for the call of the Chiffchaff a little bird that signals spring with its repeated "chiff-chaff" call.  This used to be a migrant bird that arrived in the spring, but more and more Chiffchaffs now stay in the uK all year.
Brimstone 2
Hear its song on the RSPB website:

Chiffchaff Birdfacts

Fizz Buzz Science Club


What the children said...

I enjoyed making the sherbert, because it was a sweet and we could eat it.


My favourite thing was when we made the slime because it was sticky


I liked making sounds with the light saber things


I enjoyed the sight thing best, the optical illusions, it looked like it was moving