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Greystoke Primary School

Icold Road Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0TP


British Science Week 2023


This morning, we were very excited to continue our science week with more visitors showing us how their jobs are connected to the science industry.
Mr. Neil came and talk to the children about how machines in his factory make tin cans. He brought lots of examples from the different stages of can production for us to have a look at. The children explored these using magnets to identify the different types of metal that can be used to make cans. He shared with us how aluminum can be used in can production and recycled over and over again. Mr. Neil kindly brought us all a drink of canned water which we enjoyed at break time. We then took the empty cans over to the village recycling center to be recycled.

Following this, we had a visit from Mrs Hill who works for the National Trust. She explained her role and inspired the children to enjoy nature and quiet time and we all discussed the activitres that we enjoy doing outside. Mrs Hill's job involves the running of National Trust campsites and how these can be made sustainable for generations to come. The children thoroughly enjoyed using constructions toys to build their own campsites that included toilets, play areas, rivers, woodland areas and a camping ground.

Day 1

This morning, we began our first day of ‘Science Week’ with an assembly where we explored the question ‘what is science?’ The children shared their thoughts on the theme of this years science focus ‘connections’ and what this might mean. They then watched with excitement as Mrs Willis began the first experiment of the week- investigating whether eggs in a box would smash when they were walked across. The children predicted and reasoned before one brave pupil walked across the eggs. The children were amazed that the eggs didn’t crack!


This afternoon Edith’s Daddy- Mr Barton visited us to talk about his job in electricity transmission. Through many exciting activities he taught us how electricity can be produced. The children used torches to represent the sun and explored how solar panels produce electricity as well as using a hairdryer to represent the wind as we learned how wind turbines produce electricity. Finally, the children discovered the importance of electricity and how it is distributed around the UK.

Today, both classes have also taken part in an online learning session with the STEM Ambassador Hub in London with Mrs. Willis class enjoying an engineering based story time whilst Mrs. Matthews children explored insect entomology.