Year 5 pupils from Greenmeadow, Rodbourne Cheney and Moredon Primary schools enjoyed a day of activities and scientific surprises when they took part in a day of Stellar Science and Mystery Maths at Nova Hreod Academy.
The pupils were involved in a series of lessons and activities designed to help them explore and investigate. They acted as detectives to solve a crime in a Mystery Maths workshop, explored scientific matters and had an introduction to computer coding, where they learnt about e-safety and the importance of strong passwords before being challenged to hack into the school computers!
Russell Goodman, year 5 teacher from Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, said: “I can’t tell you how much the children enjoyed it. The facilities were great but the Nova children and the staff really stood out. Everyone we came across was kind, welcoming and went out of their way to help us. What a lovely school.”
A highlight of the day was the spectacular science show in the Nova Hreod Theatre where Head of Science Dr Clapp shared her explosive scientific talents. The children were thrilled as they watched her make water disappear, blow up balloons without touching them and demonstrate the qualities of dry ice. All the visiting pupils were assigned to one of Nova’s four houses for the day and were expertly looked after by house representatives, who did an outstanding job.
Scott Thomas, Assistant Principal from Nova Hreod Academy, who organised the day, said: “The day was carefully designed to provide awe and wonder as well as an engaging experience of STEM subjects led by our science, maths, and computing teachers. We are introducing students to new technologies and ideas that they would not necessarily have had access to previously in their primary schools. It is always a privilege to work with younger students in our school and as educators it is imperative that secondary schools help to develop and inspire all the young people of our community."