Day of discoveries at Worthing primary school

To celebrate the return to the classroom, a Worthing primary school dedicated a whole day to science and filled it with fun and exciting experiments.

Whytemead Primary School’s new headteacher, Richard Waddington, said it was a great way to mark the end of a rather strange spring term.

He explained: “With the upheaval of the last term, where most children were learning from home, we were unable to carry out as many of the fun scientific activities as we would have liked.

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“We decided to dedicate a whole day to science and the children had a wonderful time. There was such a buzz around the school and all the children were really proud of their discoveries.

Reception pupils with their dried fruit lava lamp, made using lemonade

“Although the staff were exhausted from the tough term, they all put in an extra amount of effort just to finish the term off in a truly memorable way for the children.

“Our new school ethos of ‘Through curiosity, collaboration and determination we are growing minds’ was at the forefront of the whole day.”

Pupils in years five and six researched Stanley Spencer and then found out how to make their own glue, as well as investigating the power of the Post-It!

In years three and four, the pupils made magnetic mazes and marshmallow catapults, while the youngest children investigated lava lamps made from lemonade and fruit.

Whytemead Primary School pupils making their own glue

Helena Reilly, science lead teacher, said: “It was so good allowing the children the whole day to engage their curiosities and investigate many different problems.”

All the children were able to enter the British Science Week poster competition and the school’s winners were Lauren Garner, Ava Manzie, Blake Halsey, Ania Walters and Heidi Gannaway.

Lillie from year six said: “It was such a fun day. We got to choose what we wanted to investigate and found our own ways of solving the problems.”

Polly, also from year six, added: “When we were making the glue we all thought we’d need to add more water but in fact we just needed loads more flour to make it sticky forever. My stick stuck really well to the paper with our glue.”

Whytemead Primary School pupils with their marshmallow catapult