Downham Market pupils make strides with science in activities week

Downham Prep School students enjoy a demonstration from Fens Falconry.
Downham Prep School students enjoy a demonstration from Fens Falconry.

Pupils at a school in Downham have enjoyed a series of scientific experiences to coincide with British Science Week.

Students at Downham Prepatory School and Montessori Nursery got stuck in with all things science during the week, from Monday, March 13 to Friday, 17.

Downham Prep School students enjoy an introduction to reptiles from Animal Experience. Photo: SUBMITTED.

Downham Prep School students enjoy an introduction to reptiles from Animal Experience. Photo: SUBMITTED.

The week was had a flying start with a visit from Fens Falconry, during which the schoolchildren were wowed by a variety of birds of prey.

The students had the opportunity to see, and in some cases, handle the range of birds – which included both native and exotic types of falcons, hawks, buzzards and a small number of owls and eagles.

On Tuesday, the youngsters made their own batteries thanks to Pete from Cool Science for Kids.

The children used two coins, some screws, lemons and an orange to make a circuit which lit up an LED.

Downham Prep School students enjoy a demonstration from Fens Falconry. Photo: SUBMITTED.

Downham Prep School students enjoy a demonstration from Fens Falconry. Photo: SUBMITTED.

Year six students found out more about electricity when they visited Sutton Bridge Power Station.

The children learnt that it supplies electricity for two per cent of England and Wales.

The activities did not stop there, when Norfolk Wildlife Trust stopped at the Lynn Road school on Thursday.

Students heard all about bats, insects and animals’ habitats during the course of the day.

The week ended with pupils getting up close to reptiles thanks to an Animal Experience visit.

Children experienced the feel of the creatures by handling a snake and various lizards.