Whiston Schoolgirl Gets to Grips with Fireworks

By on Friday, October 12, 2012

Primary children were flying high after their first taste of life at a Knowsley Centre for Learning.

More than 500 Year 6 children from schools across Knowsley and surrounds enjoyed a ‘Flight Day’ at Knowsley Park Centre for Learning in Prescot, at which they launched their own rockets, designed kites and flags, met barn owls, and even invented their own aeroplanes.

The day was designed to give primary school children a taste of secondary life – and give them the chance to see the fantastic facilities on offer at the Centres for Learning in Knowsley.

The pupils were thrilled at the chance to get into a real science lab and discover the science behind fireworks, and were also challenged to make and launch their own rocket in just 45 minutes flat!

There were plenty of other activities, also based around the theme of flight in the drama studios, Humanities and English departments, where pupils took part in a performance of ‘Flight to a Brave New World’ and met Peter Pan and Wendy.

And there was a musical connection too – as pupils were invited to work on their very own version of the song ‘I Believe I Can Fly’.

“We want learning to be fun as well as challenging, and the Flight Day was really inspirational”, said Head Teacher, Judy Walker. “It was fantastic to see the excitement and enthusiasm of the Year 6 children, and it was also a wonderful way for them to get into a Knowsley Centre for Learning and try out the brilliant facilities we have here.

“We know that Year 6 children and their parents are currently making difficult choices about which school they wish to attend next year, and we hope that today’s experience will show them what is on offer right here in Knowsley.”

Cllr Graham Wright, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services in Knowsley, said; “We hope that all the children in Year 6 at Knowsley primaries will come along and visit their local centre for learning and see just how much secondary education in the borough has moved on.

“Flight Day at Knowsley Park Centre for Learning was a great opportunity for those young people to really get stuck in and experience all those facilities for real.”

The day was finished off with a mass balloon release and the primary children were able to take home some of their work as a memento of the day.

To find out more about Knowsley’s Centres for Learning, go to www.knowsley.gov.uk or call or visit the Centre for Learning directly.  In addition, admissions booklets are available from all primary schools or by calling the Admissions Team on 0151 443 5142.  The closing date for admissions is 31 October 2012 and applications can also be made online at www.knowsley.gov.uk/schooladmissions.

 Pictured is Rebecca Osborne from Whiston Willis gets to grips with the science of fireworks in the lab at Knowsley Park Centre for Learning, Prescot, as part of their Flight Day.

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