A super science spectacular hosted by St Peter’s Junior School in Broadstairs attracted more than 400 children from around Thanet for a hands-on experience.
Children from the Year 2 age group enjoyed a huge variety of fun learning investigations including launching rockets into the air, drawing pictures with their own robots, investigating chromatography, designing marble runs, creating nature art, and helping superheroes to float.
To add to the extravaganza of excellent experiments, professionals from Pfizer hosted a special show with lots of whizzing of rockets, bangs and flashes in various science showpieces.
Children enjoying the structured programme came from Ellington, Priory, Palm Bay, St Gregory’s, Ramsgate Holy Trinity, Callis Grange, St Joseph’s and Holy Trinity & St John’s Margate.
The two-day event was part of St Peter’s work alongside the Primary Science Teaching Trust and was organised by the school’s science leader Nathan Williams and teaching staff from the PSTT Thanet Science Cluster.
Mr Williams, a Fellow of the PSTT which aims to bring Science to life for children, holds a prestigious Science Teacher of the Year award. He works closely with other science leads from some of the local schools that attended, who are part of the Thanet Cluster who organised the event. They share good practice, working together on developing and promoting science in local primary schools.
Peter Sainsbury, the Cluster Director of the Primary Science Teaching Trust, praised the event that he described as ’most enjoyable, significant and impressive’.
St Peter’s Head Teacher Tim Whitehouse paid tribute to all the children and staff involved. He added: “It was amazing to see so many young children from across Thanet coming to St Peter’s and having such an amazing time as they learnt so many important scientific concepts in such a fun and exciting way.”
Earlier this year St Peter’s opened its purpose-built Phiz Lab in partnership with the charitable Ogden Trust. The centre enables children from St Peter’s and partner schools to enjoy a broader hands-on experience when it comes to exploring the world of physics and general science. It is also used for staff professional development, and a range of community science events.
St Peter’s has also received the Primary Science Quality Mark for its ongoing development of the science curriculum within the school.