Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Y6 Science Fair

Compost, starfish and first aid – these proved to be an interesting mixture of topics that was studied by Newport pupils during an exciting afternoon visit to the science fair with Mrs Fieldgate. The science fair, organised by First Partnership, was targeted at Year 6 pupils and focussed on linking concepts learnt in the classroom with the real world. This annual event held at St Joseph’s Primary, Aldershot involved a wide range of exhibitors including Blue Reef Aquarium at Portsmouth, St John’s Ambulance and Nokia.
Amongst the interesting and popular exhibitors was WRAP. This organisation encourages waste reduction and increased recycling rates, making better use of resources and helping to tackle climate change. Newport pupils enjoyed finding out how to make the perfect compost and what creatures inhabit healthy compost. Being hands on meant using the compost to plant up some carnation seeds in seedling containers made from newspaper. A great money saving idea for Newport’s gardening club!

The fire brigade, using possibly the world’s largest smoke detector, demonstrated how the different circuit components work together to keep us safe. Newport pupils were quick to apply their knowledge of electrical circuits and testing of the system proved deafening.

Newport pupils also learnt new skills including willow weaving and how to tell whether a crab is male or female. Just in case you’re not sure...The key is the triangular shell shaped section on the underside of the crab (a modified tail) indicates a female; this forms an important device to ensure the eggs are buried safely in the sand.

All too soon the afternoon drew to a close, clutching all the goodies from the various exhibits, the Year 6 scientists returned to school having a greater appreciation of science in the real world.

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