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

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.

Wednesday 23rd May – Anglian Water workshop

Richard Parks from Anglian Water returned to Wensum this morning to deliver practical workshops to Year 5.  They revisited some key themes on water saving then took part in team tasks that allowed them explore news ways to save water.  They then had to make a pledge about what they would do immediately.  Richard will be back after half term as they start to prepare for the next phase of their project.  Enjoy the gallery.

Working as Geographers

We launched our Working as Geographers project today with the first of a two-day Romance Event.   Our Y3, 4 and 5 children took part in a carousel of activities.  The children:

  1. learned about what a river was in Mr Swan’s session entitled The River Wensum – from source to mouth
  2. made water droplet art with Mrs Kirkland
  3. made mini water cycle systems and created clouds with Richard Park from Anglian Water
  4. got the big picture about the planet’s water, what it was used for and why it was important to be more careful with it
  5. found out all about the county’s vital waterways in Norfolk Broads – past, present and future by Nick Sanderson from The Broads Authority

A huge thanks to Nick Sanderson from the Broads Authority and Richard Park from Anglian Water who joined us all day and will be working with us through the project.  It was a wonderful day that really engaged the children and introduced them to the big ideas,  themes and numbers associated with water.  Thanks to all involved.

Tomorrow we will all be walking along the wonderful River Wensum!


Working as Geographers

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.