Pupils have fun with the appliance of science

TEAMWORK ... pupils at Ridgeway Primary School and South Shields Community School work together on science.
TEAMWORK ... pupils at Ridgeway Primary School and South Shields Community School work together on science.

THE wonders of science were explored when pupils from two South Tyneside schools joined forces.

Students at South Shields Community School joined youngsters from Ridgeway Primary School to create a range of experiments.

The project has worked really well and it has been interesting to see the end results.

Neil Willis, head of science

From exploding volcanoes to water displacement and creating static electricity, the youngsters worked together to plan and make their creations a reality.

The work was carried out as part of National Science and Engineering Week, and was a chance to show their new knowledge off to parents during a special science afternoon held at South Shields Community School in Nevinson Avenue.

Neil Willis, head of science at the school, said: “It is the first time the schools have worked together.

“We managed to apply for funding to enable us to carry out the project.

“The older pupils were teamed up with younger pupils and, over three sessions, developed their own experiment which also explained the science behind it.

“The project has worked really well and it has been interesting to see the end results.”

As well as working together on their projects, it also gave youngsters who will be leaving the primary school based in Park Avenue, South Shields, at the end of the school year, a chance to experience life in a secondary school.

Mick Hassen, school co-ordinator at Ridgeway Primary School, said: “There is a really good relationship between the two schools and being involved in a project like this has been received well by the pupils.

“It has helped to build their confidence and has been really interesting for them to work with older pupils and not only to plan an experiment but to create it and write about it.”

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