Pupils learn chemistry
PUBLISHED: 18:22 05 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:34 30 June 2010
LOCAL junior and primary schools were invited to offer some of their year three gifted and talented pupils an opportunity to extend their learning in the field of Chemistry.
LOCAL junior and primary schools were invited to offer some of their year three gifted and talented pupils an opportunity to extend their learning in the field of Chemistry. Last Friday, Jane McGuire invited children to pursue their strengths and discover more about Kitchen Chemistry, and the workshop was undertaken by the very popular Dr Ken.
All primary and junior schools from the surrounding area came to enjoy the hands-on science fun, having a go at understanding why things work as they do. The children learned about how everyday household products could be used to demonstrate different experiments including using fruit as batteries.
Gifted and Talented leading teacher Michael Walsh, from Cliff Park Junior School, said: “These kids are already highly interested in science but they would not necessarily think about it outside the classroom. The workshop is excellent at promoting science - they were all so excited and engaged - and it's helping them to understand what education is all about.
“Some of them are a little shy and getting them to talk to other kids about what they're doing is great for their social skills. They're questioning why things happen, making predictions, and learning from each other, which is really important.”
Cliff Park Junior head teacher Chris Tye said: “It's very exciting to see school students demonstrating science and really enjoying it, as these will be the scientists of tomorrow.”