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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'
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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