Pupils from Year 1 up to Year 6 all paid a visit to the Cheltenham Science Festival last week. The Science Festival is an annual event, providing opportunities for debate, discovery, experiments, enjoyment and hands on fun. It is a great way of encouraging our pupils to take a fresh look at the world around them and consider why things work and behave the way they do!
Year 1 & 2 were the first year groups to visit the Festival when they joined wildlife biologist and presenter, Lizzie Daly, on an adventure to find weird and wonderful wildlife – from South East Alaska to the heart of Kenya.
For their visit Year 3 explored ‘The Science of Roald Dahl’, a splendiferous science show which considered what would be needed to get James’ peach to fly, whether George is a genius scientist with his marvellous medicine and how topsy turvy the Twits could be!
Pupils in Years 1-3 also had the opportunity to spend time in the “MakerShack” where they could have a go at coding robots, make their own bricks and burn the calories of a chocolate bar!
Children in Year 4 & 5 attended a session called ‘Guts and Gasses’ hosted by BBC’s Stefan Gates and his team of Gastronauts. They explored incredible acoustics, digestion and chemical reactions in a sensory spectacular, through explosive demonstrations and plenty of audience interaction.
Year 6 took to outer space for their visit, joining engineer and Great British Bake Off finalist, Andrew Smith, to explore the surprising connections between everyday bakes and the extraordinary engineering that helps keeps astronauts alive in space.
Year 4-6 pupils also had the chance to visit the “Discover Zone”, which was packed with cutting edge research and technology, with enthusiastic scientists and engineers on hand to answer their questions.
Everyone agreed that they had learnt something new and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the exciting practical activities!