Rockets, explosions and smoke aren’t things you would usually see at school but for pupils in Bury St Edmunds that’s what has made British Science Week so much fun.
All week children at Howard Primary School have been taking their science learning to new heights – in lessons about space.
Not only have they been shooting air and straw rockets – with the assistance of bicycle pumps and Alka-Seltzer – but they have also been dropping balls in sand to learn about the impact of meteors.
One challenge saw the youngsters land ‘astronauts’ in spacecrafts - but they used eggs instead of people.
Science coordinator Nick Kemp said most of the eggs landed safely when children dropped their rockets because they took measures to protect them, using such things as bubble wrap and balloons to cushion their landings.
Visitors to the school in St Olaves Road this week have included a planetarium, Realise Futures Family Learning and staff and sixth formers from St Benedict’s Catholic School, in Bury.
Helpers from St Benedict’s led pupils in an investigation of whether lightsabers would make a noise in space (they would not) and hosted an inspirational assembly, using explosions and smoke to capture their imagination.
Mr Kemp said: “It’s been fun linking science in the context of space. The children really enjoyed it and all their literacy and maths have been linked to space this week too, so they’ve been reading space stories and in maths they’ve been looking at the size and distance of planets.”
“We’ll be looking to do bigger and better things next year,” he added.