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Hornchurch pupils bring science alive for special week

PUBLISHED: 17:21 14 March 2017

Wykeham Primary School pupils dressed up as plants for their science week. Harry, five, Lexi, four, Alyissa, five, Parker, five, Spencer, five and Dinusan, five. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

Wykeham Primary School pupils dressed up as plants for their science week. Harry, five, Lexi, four, Alyissa, five, Parker, five, Spencer, five and Dinusan, five. Picture by Ellie Hoskins

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British Science Week kicked off on Monday and in good style pupils dressed as flowers and plants to highlight its importance.

Children of Wykeham Primary School, Rainsford Way, Hornchurch, took part in the annual event and engaged in a range of fun experiments.

These included outdoor activities and melting dark, white and milk chocolate bars to see whether the amount of cocoa powder makes a difference to the melting points,

The school’s science co-ordinator, Louise Byrne said: “To make a sensational start to the week, we asked all the children and staff to dress as either flowers, plants or in green and to donate seeds for our outside learning environment.

“Our outside space is very important as the children will be able to use it for a variety of learning activities including bug hunts, research on plants, flowers, trees and shadows and a whole host of other experiments that require larger spaces.”

Youngsters also investigated the human body and tested whether arm length is an indication of height or whether leg length correlates to how high a person can jump.

Jersey Jackson-Day, nine, said: “It’s so cool dressing up. It’s fun to see everyone in their home-made costumes.”

Jennifer Crocker, 10 added: “Dressing up makes science more fun and more interactive.

“We’ve had science weeks before but this is the first time we’ve dressed up and it really brings science alive.”

Amy Jaffer, 10, continued: “I like to look at all the costumes. If kids have made a big effort, you can tell they really value science and care about it.” To end the special week, children attended an explosive assembly where they learned about chemical reactions.

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