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A primary school welcomed its pupils back with a bang last week by setting up a science week.

Great Whelnetham Primary School organised the event with the help of Cambridge Science Centre.

The theme was ‘Innovations for the future’ with pupils designing their own Mars rovers as well as futuristic fire engines after studying the Great Fire of London.

Pupils Isabelle, Poppy, Harley, Lillia, Brela and Freya from Owl class with their Mars rovers. Picture by Mark Westley.
Pupils Isabelle, Poppy, Harley, Lillia, Brela and Freya from Owl class with their Mars rovers. Picture by Mark Westley.

Executive head of the school, Claire Flatman, said: “As it is National Science Week we thought it would be lovely to do this with all our children coming back.

“So we have been having structured English and Maths in the morning and then practical science sessions in the afternoon. The children have really enjoyed and engaged with it all.”

This is the second time the Stanningfield Road school has joined with the science centre.

Great Whelnetham Primary School pupils Jake and Jayden building their Mars rover. Picture by Mark Westley.
Great Whelnetham Primary School pupils Jake and Jayden building their Mars rover. Picture by Mark Westley.

Just before Christmas, a science day was organised with pupils melting snowmen and building climbing snowmen as well.

Mrs Flatman said all of the fun was against a backdrop of new Covid-19 safety measures, ensuring everyone could learn and work safely.

She said: “Our parents have been truly amazing in supporting our Covid-19 secure guidelines and I cannot praise our staff enough for delivering inspiring teaching in challenging circumstances.

“When I reflect on how we have managed during this national lockdown I realise that our success has been the result of a real team effort.”

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