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Rocket Science

It isn't Rocket Science!

Primary students ended their STEAM topic: Junior Astronauts, with a bang last week as Mr Duncan treated us to a show full of explosions, fire, tornadoes, a flamethrower, and even a rocket-propelled skateboard!

For the last half term, Year 5 have been working on their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) topic: Junior Astronauts. They were tasked with designing and building a bottle rocket that could go as high as possible.

Over the course of the unit, children carried out numerous experiments to test different forces, using their results to help design, build, and launch their rockets. On Friday morning, Year 5 students shared their experimental data and final designs with their parents and Year 6 students before heading to the theatre to close their STEAM project with a bang!

Our very own chemical genius, Mr Duncan, Secondary Chemistry teacher, treated students and parents to a show they will never forget. Starting with the fundamentals of combustion, he demonstrated a range of experiments that showcased how fuel, heat, and oxygen affect combustion. 

After seeing how each variable affected combustion, the learning was brought to a close with a rocket demonstration on the Astro, with butane/oxygen propelled rockets being fired across the field. It was a day that children will remember forever and the Year 5 children and staff are very grateful for the hard work and passion of Mr Duncan and Miss Fellowes.