Reach for the stars

The South Liverpool Primary Partnership ran a competition for Year 5 pupils to design a spacecraft, with a visit to the Science & Industry Museum in Manchester as the prize.

“The quality of the entries was of such a high standard that it proved difficult to choose the six winners from each of the schools!” explains partnership co-ordinator, Jan Fearnehough, Our Lady’s Bishop Eton Catholic Primary School.

But winners were chosen from the four schools who participated – Our Lady’s Bishop Eton (Liverpool), Much Woolton (Liverpool), St Mark’s (Knowsley) and Holy Family (Knowsley) – and the visit to the Science & Industry Museum took place earlier this month. The competition and the trip for the winners was a huge success – at the museum, children were able to explore and learn about how space inventions have affected our everyday lives.

Whilst there, the pupils took part in a Forces and Flight workshop where, through a series of experiments and games, they learned about the importance of air resistance and friction, gravity and the laws of motion.

“Perhaps, the most exciting part of the day though” says Jan, “was the chance to see the spacecraft that brought European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake safely back to earth following his time on the International Space Station!”

“Competitions and trips like these certainly give inspiration and motivation to our pupils,” concludes Jan. “Hopefully, some of them will become the scientists of the future!”

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