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Lime Tree pupils left starry-eyed by science night success

Budding Brian Coxes had a chance to show off their talents recently as the school organised a Science Night event for Year One pupils and parents.

More than 40 families came along to the hands-on event, organised by teacher Clare Barker, with the Year One classrooms being divided up into three themed areas – space, the dark room, and wonders of science – each hosting up to 10 experiments.

Topics up for investigation included finding out what solution an egg would float in, how to create different coloured lights and how to make a light bulb work in a circuit so that the children could send a light signal into space.

The climax of the show came when visitor Tom Holloway, science teacher from Hillcroft Primary School - another in the GLF schools group, of which Lime Tree is part – demonstrated how rockets work, and showed exactly how by letting some off.

“It was a wonderful success,” said Mrs Barker. “For an out-of-hours event in the evening, we had a really good turn-out and the children were really keen to get involved and show off to their parents what they’ve been learning. Making it so hands-on was obviously a big attraction for the children, and we’ve had some really enthusiastic, appreciative feedback."

Unsurprisingly, it was the rockets that proved the star attraction. “You can never go far wrong with something like for keeping children entertained - and the great thing is that they learned something from it too,” said one satisfied parent.