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Dartford students impart science knowledge to primary school

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 May 2018

The students at Joydens Wood Infant School enjoyed the science experiments. Picture: Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

The students at Joydens Wood Infant School enjoyed the science experiments. Picture: Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

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Students from Wilmington Grammar School for Girls (WGSG) visited a nearby primary school to impart scientific knowledge and enthusiasm to the younger children.

Aimee with the pupils. Picture: Wilmington Grammar School for GirlsAimee with the pupils. Picture: Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

The group of 14 Year 10 students from the Dartford school, based in Parsons Lane, conducted experiments to inspire Year 2 pupils at Joydens Wood Infant School, Park Way, Dartford, to mark British Science Week.

The group explored the science of colour with the classes to investigate colour movement.

The experiment apparatus included food dye, washing-up liquid, milk and brightly coloured skittle sweets.

Whilst the experiments themselves were relatively easy to execute, the methodology and outcomes allowed the young scientists to develop their investigative skills in a fun way.

Joy with Joydens Wood Infant School pupils. Picture: Wilmington Grammar SchoolJoy with Joydens Wood Infant School pupils. Picture: Wilmington Grammar School

The WGSG students were confident ‘teachers’ and were delighted at the Joydens Wood pupil’s response to the experiments.

Head of Science at WGSG Sam Munden said: “Our students relished the opportunity to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for Science with Year 2 students - it was inspiring to see young people excited about the experiments and it has enlightened many of our students to the possibilities of careers in education.”

Davonae, 15, said the experience had inspired her to become a primary school teacher, while 15-year-old Aimee said: “It was a brilliant afternoon, the students were so receptive to the experiments.”

Joy, 14, said: “The pupils were absolutely lovely to work with, I really liked how excited they were by the experiments, and no one ate a single Skittle!”

Joydens Wood Year 2 teacher and science leader Carley Daniels said: “Our students had an amazing time with the WGSG students and were able to soak up all of the knowledge that the girls imparted on them.

“It was fantastic to see our children being so animated as they spoke about science and it has definitely inspired them.”

The young students certainly seemed to enjoy the visit - 7-year-old Jack said: “I like that we got shown how to do different experiments because I love science.”

Alana, 7, said that she enjoyed the mentos and coke experiment while Dara, 7, said: “There was a big explosion which made it even cooler.”

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