A group of Year 6 students from Oakley Vale primary school visited Brooke Weston to see practical science experiments in action. Around 30 students spent the morning in the science department studying energy changes in chemical reactions.
They had the opportunity to create their own bathbomb which was an example of an endothermic reaction and they also saw demonstrations of burning hydrogen and ‘elephant’s toothpaste’ which showed exothermic reactions. They were accompanied by teacher Ms Tina Russell and two student teachers.
The sessions were led by Brooke Weston teachers Louise Fox and Shaun McLean. Ms Russell said: ‘It is a way of getting more students locked into science and getting that wow factor as we don’t have this kind of science equipment in primary that you have in secondary. Also it is really nice to strengthen the links between the schools and allow our students to see what a secondary lesson is like. They are learning about endo and exo thermic reactions so there is a specific science learning intention but more importantly it shows that science can be fun and is all about skills and independent thinking and it will be far more important for me for them to go back to school this afternoon and say ‘Wow, I have never see things like that before.’
Ms Fox said: ‘We have been working closely as a team this year exchanging ideas between the two schools to try and further develop and enhance the primary and secondary curriculum in Science. The aim of their visit is to bring some 'wonder and awe' to enhance the Chemistry learning they have already experienced in their own school. As well as seeing some demonstrations by teachers the session contained lots of 'hands-on' opportunities for them experience a whole range of other exothermic and endothermic reactions in the lab.’