Pupils have the formula for fun

Junioir CSI team members Bethany Spencer from Wooler First School, Thomas Dodds from Glendale Middle School, William McDougall from Branton First School and Amber Gair from Whittingham First School.
Junioir CSI team members Bethany Spencer from Wooler First School, Thomas Dodds from Glendale Middle School, William McDougall from Branton First School and Amber Gair from Whittingham First School.

CRIME solving with chromatography, building bridges and making torches were all part of the fun as a north Northumberland school hosted a science day.

Glendale Community Middle School invited their feeder first schools, Wooler, Whittingham and Branton, to join them for the day.

Headteacher Ruth Bull said: “Last year we had a day with the first schools on the environment. This year we chose science because the first schools don’t always have access to specialist science teaching.

“It was a fantastic day and the weather stayed fine so we could go outdoors.”

The pupils were split into three different groups to go through different activities. One was bridge and tower building, with a competition to build the strongest bridge and tallest tower with limited materials.

The second was a CSI-style mystery with a hunt for the magic escaping sweet in which the children had to use chromatography to solve clues. The third group made torches using simple electronics, jewellery out of plastic and learnt about herbs in the garden.

After a picnic lunch, everyone was entertained by presentations from the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria on the senses of the body.

Miss Bull added: “There were lots of whizzes, bangs and colours – it was absolutely magnificent.”