Science Festival day 2 – Wednesday 4th December

Following an amazing day yesterday which saw our young scientists presenting their investigations to each other, we opened our doors to inspirational scientists (educators, entertainers, experts) and families for day 2 of our festival of science. Over the course of the day, children:

  • took part in one of four Q&As where they got to put their science questions to a panel of experts from the world of science
  • presented to families
  • enjoyed two workshops with our visiting experts with options including a visit to the inflatable planetarium; science and story telling; virtual and augmented reality; Sphero coding; Mad Science; CEFAS, Anglian Water, Norfolk Wildlife Trust; Do Different with Dr Ken Farquhar, and carrying out amazing science experiments with GCSE science students from CNS High School

It was a truly inspirational festival where our children shone brightly! I’d like to end with a quotation from Alan Denton, STEM educator, who chaired our Q&As: ” I have always been a scientist because I have always asked questions and tried to answer them. That is the most important thing we can do as scientists and ALL of you are doing it. ” Enjoy the gallery.

Thanks to the following who made our day so special:

  • Dr Ken Farquhar from Inspirational Science Theatre Company
  • David Carlin, CEFAS
  • John Best, Best Proactive
  • Dr Laura Wilkinson, John Innes Centre
  • Dr Mandy Hartley, The Little Story Telling Company
  • Isabelle Mudge, Norfolk Wildlife Trust
  • Richard Park, Anglian Water
  • Kate Monaghan and Catherine Thorpe, Floranova
  • Simon Mobbs, ICT Solutions
  • Kinetic Science
  • Dr Dee Enay, Mad Science
  • Alan Denton, Aspire to STEM
  • Debbie Spinks, Nathan Kelly and the CNS STEM students

Lord Mayor’s parade workshops: day 1

Day one of workshops today.  Samba on the field with Duda and Al; dance in the gym with Alysha; tower costume in the library with Ray; turtle puppet with Emma and shark puppet with Zara.  Amazing atmosphere around the school.  Children not involved in workshops today were involved in a range of ocean-themed activities and Year 5 started work on their dolphins.  We are now actively seeking children (and their families) to sign up for the parade.  Permission slips coming home tomorrow.  Enjoy the gallery.

Lord Mayor’s Parade Romance Event

The day has finally arrived.  Today we launched our Lord Mayor’s project with guest expert speakers (CEFAS and Norfolk Wildlife Trust) and a Q&A with our arts partners Marcus, Zara, Ray, Holly and Alysha.  The day started with an assembly where Marcus from Sistema Norwich spoke to us about the traditions of carnival and parading in the UK before telling us more about the history of the parade in Norwich, which includes the famous snap dragon which remains a fixed feature of the city’s parade to this day!  After break the children enjoyed a carousel of activities and micro lectures as they found out more about the project theme.  David Carlin from CEFAS spoke about the importance of creating and maintaining healthy oceans. Georgie from Norfolk Wildlife Trust spoke about the amazing chalk reef off the coast of north Norfolk.  Our very own Ms Denney spoke about the extraordinary biodiversity that can be found in our oceans.  The message from children and staff alike was that it was a remarkable day. Tomorrow we start our workshops.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday 5th December: Science Fair#3

Thanks to everyone involved in making our 3rd annual science fair such an amazing success.  Friends, families, partners, visiting experts, young STEM science students from CNS and many, many more – you all came together to make this truly a day to remember, bringing to a conclusion 10 weeks of hard scientific thinking and doing.   The children were full of such joy, enthusiasm and excitement; bursting to tell anyone who would listen all about their investigations.

A very special thanks to:

  • Mad Science
  • Anglian Water
  • City of Norwich School (CNS)
  • Norwich High School for Girls
  • Martin Rapley aka The Bugman
  • The Forum Norwich
  • Kinetic Science
  • Briar Chemicals
  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust
  • University of East Anglia

Enjoy the gallery.

6th December – our second Science Fair celebrates excellence and enjoyment in science

A huge thank you to our wonderful children and staff and all our expert visitors who came together today to make our second science fair a triumph.  Today has truly celebrated the hard work, endeavour and curiosity of our 200 young scientists. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported; it was a superb turnout.  A special thank you also to the Friends for organising the refreshments, and everyone who contributed to the raffle.  Enjoy the gallery.