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Young scientists rise to the Olympic challenge

14/04/2016
Young scientists rise to the Olympic challenge
Over the Easter holidays, children from the Sutton Coldfield Science Partnership primary schools were invited to complete a science project. Their challenge was to think of their own scientific question to investigate around the theme of the Olympics, research and investigate all about the chosen question and create a poster to display the findings.
 
The young scientists certainly rose to the challenge and the response was overwhelming. Katherine Peck, Science Co-ordinator at Little Sutton Primary School said “We have been inundated with posters from children across all year groups and have been very impressed with the high standard of scientific knowledge and investigation shown by our pupils”
 
The schools were keen to showcase the fantastic displays and share the interesting findings from the investigations. All the project entries were displayed in school halls and parents, families and governors were invited to come and view the ‘Science Fair’.

Sarah Greenwood, Science Co-ordinator at Whitehouse Common Primary School, the lead school for the Sutton Coldfield Science Partnership, said 'The Science Fair was a fantastic way to encourage our children to become even more curious about science. We were extremely impressed by the range of entries, which made it difficult to pick a winner! The children really enjoyed being able to share their projects with their parents by inviting them into school to look at them too.'

Three winners were chosen at each school and presented with prizes during assembly. Mrs Davis, Headteacher at Little Sutton Primary School, added “The standard of entry for the Science Project was superb. The children had put such time and care into their posters. Everyone who took part was awarded a certificate and a prize and the governors and I wanted to reward the fantastic work so we invited all those involved to join us for a very special afternoon tea in the school hall. They were thrilled and there was such a sense of achievement and pride from our children”
 
Mr Palser, Governor at Little Sutton was involved in selecting the winners “We were spoilt for choice! We had projects covering all aspects of the Olympics, including swimming, cycling, skiing, running, gymnastics and the investigations looked at a range of scientific themes such as agility, speed and aerodynamics. The overall winner had studied the impact of nutrition on athletic performance. At Little Sutton we actively encourage a thirst for learning in science. This innovative project proved to be a stimulating and creative way for pupils to access the science curriculum and develop an inquisitive interest in scientific hypotheses. It was fantastic to link science to the Olympics which will have a high profile in the coming months.”
 
The Sutton Coldfield Science Partnership is made up of 10 local schools who work together to develop an interesting and engaging science experience for their pupils. The Partnership is supported by the Primary Science Teaching Trust and the Ogden Trust.