Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome Diana Bracewell from the Royal Institution for a day of fantastic science activities. We also welcomed children and staff from St Michael’s Primary in Middleton to share the experience. The day began with science shows for KS1 children. They learned about static electricity and experienced the force of an electromagnet. In the afternoon KS2 also learned about electricity and took part in a series of impressive chemical reactions.
After school, the staff enjoyed a training session with Diana, where she showed us lots of practical activities we could share with the children to help really bring science alive in the classroom.
Finally, we welcomed children and families from both Lowerplace and St Michael’s for an amazing community event. The evening began with the demise of a jelly baby, to demonstrate the amount of energy in sugar based foods. In a truly interactive experience, children took part in a range of experiments from attempting to pull apart two telephone directories to demonstrating the technology behind the fibre optic broadband. This was interspersed with a series of impressive chemical reactions in the form of flashes and (very loud) bangs, all presented with easily accessible scientific theory to back up the theatre.
These are exiting times for science at Lowerplace, in addition to this wonderful opportunity for the children and families of Lowerplace, we look forward to the opening of our Phiz Lab later this term, in partnership with the Ogden Trust.
Here are some pictures from a great day…
And finally, here’s the dramatic finale to a great day – the bang was so loud I dropped the iPad!