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Thatcham schoolchildren learn the bare bones of science

Renewable energy and healthy eating lessons for Spurcroft pupils

John Herring

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Thatcham schoolchildren learn the bare bones of science

CHILDREN at Spurcroft Primary School learned about sustainable energy and about healthy eating using scientific equipment loaned by the AWE as part of national science week.

Pupils from Years 5 and 6 examined how Thatcham might cope in the future without fossil fuels.

AWE environmental specialist Giles Davis talked to the pupils about forms of sustainable energy.

This was followed by a demonstration of a wind turbine, loaned to the school from AWE’s liaison scheme.

Pupils from Years 1 and 2 looked at healthy eating with help from AWE’s skeleton Boney Boris.

Using a bag of bones, body tunic, jaw models and miniature skeletons, the children examined how important an active lifestyle is in maintaining healthy bones.

Teacher Mrs Jones said: “The children really benefited from the outreach work from AWE.

“They enjoyed learning about different forms of renewable energy from a visiting speaker who was able to answer a lot of their probing questions.

“They have also benefited from exploring how wind turbines work by assembling and running a model wind turbine; seeing a working model was a great way of initiating discussion.”

AWE works with local schools to foster and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.

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