Bubbles, Gases, Fire and Flames
Sirens sounded and blue lights flashed as the Kent Fire and Rescue service swept down the drive signalling the start of this year’s Science Week. Pupils from Pre-Prep to Year 6 were treated to a Fire Safety talk before meeting the crew and getting the chance to dress-up as fire fighters. They also learnt about the job and equipment used by the fire service before all getting on board the fire engine.
The theme continued in science lessons. Year 3 focussed on bubbles and gases, whilst Year 5 made and launched all kinds of rockets on the school field. To fit in with their topic of Separating, Year 4 made pure salt from rock salt and Year 6 studied yeast and fermentation and then went on to make and package their own bath bombs.
Years 7 and 8 practised fire writing and then needed to put their fingers in their ears as they were entertained with the Whoosh Bottle and Flaming Hands demos by Mr Cheeseman and Mrs Beal. With the fire brigade back at the station, they then made their own fire extinguishers and used them to douse sink fires, before having a go with the real thing outside the labs.
Years 3 and 5 got together with Reception and Year 2 in the new Early Years Outdoor Learning Centre to make fires, toast marshmallows and sing campfire songs. Meanwhile Sublime Science entertained Y4 with their Science Show and Mad Science members made giant bubbles and all sorts of bubble blowing contraptions in their after school club.
The Science Museum Outreach Team drew the week to a close with their Bubble Show and Material World presentations in the Gracey Hall.