It’s a bug’s life for Tadcaster youngsters

Pupils at Riverside School in Tadcaster have taken part in the school’s inaugural science week - with a whole host of activities to develop youngsters’ scientific understanding and enquiry skills.

Included during the week was a visit from Powerdown Pete, part of the North Yorkshire County Council energy team.

He talked to the children about how they could lower energy and water usage.

Youngsters enjoyed the activities Powerdown Pete created, which looked at how they had come to school and the ecological impact of that - and they played games such as ecology snakes and ladders and top trumps, so they could see the wider effect of local actions.

All of the children also visited the Skydome, an inflatable planetarium where the sky at night is projected onto the ceiling in order to view constellations and discuss all things out-of-this-world.

The Skydome is owned by NYCC and hired out to schools, and Science Leader, Helen Spring, delivered 45 minute star watch sessions to the pupils in the dome.

The event proved so popular she evenran parent sessions after school.

Some of the schools youngest pupils constructed a new five-star accommodation for bugs to live in, appropriately called “The Bug’s Hotel”, and are eagerly waiting their first customers!

During the week, the pupils also got the chance to engage in a planned ‘carousel’ of activities which included floating and sinking, optical illusions, baking, electrical circuits and ecology.

Headteacher Ian Yapp said: “The science week has been very exciting for the whole school,

“Every single child has had the chance to do lots of investigative science, ask lots of questions and experience the wonder of how things work and even the parents learnt something new!”