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Pupils celebrate British Science Week

Key Stage 2 pupils at Reynolds Academy were treated to a ‘states of matter’ workshop hosted by Lab Rascals.

Lab Rascals are an award-winning interactive science entertainment company who educate and inspire young children whilst entertaining them with the magnificent world of science.

The workshop involved four hands-on experiments that the children could take part in.

The children were asked to inflate balloons by sublimating dry ice, created clouds and dissolved carbon dioxide in a colour changing pH indicator solution.

Noah Williams (Y4) said: “My favourite part was the dry ice making the balloons inflate, it was amazing!”

Each pupil took part and loved getting involved.

Sonny Howard (Y5) said: “I really enjoyed the science experiments, especially the balloons and dry ice, it was interesting blowing on the dry ice and seeing it create smoke and steam.”

They were hands-on with the science experiments and used a wide range of solids, liquids and gases that they would not normally get the change to handle in standard classrooms.

They were able to relate their learning to many aspects of their study, including Year 6 pupils who gained insight into different reversible changes that they have started to study in their science curriculum this term.

The event provided a great opportunity for the children and it encouraged many more students to think about their study of science in new ways.

Rita Harris (Y5) said: “I thought our experience today was really good! We all had fun and all had a chance to participate in the experiments. It was something new to me and I really enjoyed the day!”

Year 4 students, Ollie Dobson commented: “I think it was a great day because we got to try lots of different experiments, I really liked seeing the beautiful, shiny cloud we created at the end.”

Principal, Rebecca Scott commented: “We value these experiences for the children because it adds something extra to their learning.

They’re able to take part in the workshops and handle things that normally aren’t available to them in science lessons, so it makes all the difference to their intake of science lessons, especially when they have so much fun doing it.”