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Science Made Fun for Primaries

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Twenty Seven primary schools visited Bolton School this week for a Science Festival aimed at inspiring young minds.

The festival provided an opportunity for gifted young pupils from Year 5 to make use of Bolton School's laboratories and resources and to absorb themselves in Science for the day. Local schools entered teams of four who spent the morning in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratories undertaking a number of challenging practical activities, assisted by their own "Science Buddies" - pupils from the Girls' Division and Boys' Division.

The pupils got to take part in forensic science activities including blood testing, fingerprinting, chemical analysis of soil samples, chromatography and microscopic fibre examination. They constructed marble runs taking the laws of Physics into account, and undertook a number of fun experiments involving chemical reactions and hydrogen explosions!

In the afternoon, pupils were amazed by Richard Robinson's science show 'Life, the Universe and Everything', followed by an awards ceremony to recognise their efforts throughout the day. Each pupil was presented with a certificate, a curly wurly and their own copy of the Oxford Primary Science Dictionary to take away with them. Headmaster Mr Philip Britton said it was great to see all the children enjoying science and told them that 'science is about wonder and delight.' Prizes awarded to the winners of challenges on the day - to Croft C of E Primary who won the Science Knowledge Quiz with 42 out of 50 correct answers, and to The Valley School who won the marble run challenge with an impressive time of 44 seconds. The primary teachers also attended an INSET session on teaching Physics in primary schools, run by Mr Philip Britton.

Stella Fletcher, teacher at Croft C of E said: "This was our first time at the Science Festival and the children have absolutely loved it! They enjoyed being able to do what they call 'real science' and it has been great for them to have hands on experience. All the experiments such as the forensics have had a context in real life so the children have been able to see the purpose of the science they are doing."

Bolton School Primary Liaison co-ordinator, Miss Sarah Gorner said: "The Science Festival gives pupils the opportunity to experience Science in a whole new environment. Our specialist teachers and facilities give pupils the opportunity to enjoy more advanced experiments and investigations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It has been truly inspiring to see so many young pupils engaged with and enthused by Science."

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The pupils study chemical reactions

The pupils discover what happens when chemicals mix

In Biology they checked for fingerprint evidence

In Biology they checked for fingerprint evidence!

Pupils from the Valley and the Croft

Prizes were awarded to The Valley who won the marble run and Croft C of E who won the Science quiz