Elephant’s Toothpaste makes for unforgettable week at Grosvenor Park

Children from Grosvenor Park Academy bubbled with excitement during explosive experiments as part of British Science Week.

Morning assembly went with a bang when pupils looked at a chemical reaction, using hydrogen peroxide, to create oxygen.

The experiment, commonly known as Elephant’s Toothpaste because the foamy substance which shoots into the air looks like toothpaste being squeezed from the tube, was the perfect start to a fun-filled week which celebrated science, technology, engineering and maths.

Head of School Richard Clark, said: “It was great to witness learning taking outside the classroom as it creates wonderful learning experiences.
“For example, in Year 2, they made sour dough and then applied their newfound knowledge to writing a clear set of instructions.

“And in Year 3 the children used the human body as a way to explore diversity and Year 1 loved hunting for minibeasts in Grosvenor Park, before making their very own bug houses.”

Teacher Charlotte Gill added: “Each class conducted investigations on the theme ‘Our Diverse Planet’. There was also a workshop from an artist who helped us to look at the diversity of ‘animal architects’ and to build animal-inspired homes from clay.

“And a company called Digital Wizards did some computer coding with Year 3 and Year 4 pupils to help them create science-based quiz games.”

The school joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in 2018. All schools in the Trust put emphasis no finding new and innovative ways for pupils to learn, often away from the classroom.

Among the other NWAT schools is St Martin’s Academy in Hoole, which achieved Ofsted Outstanding within a year of opening in 2013.

Delamere Academy, near Northwich, and Acresfield Primary, which were both recently listed among the top 180 state primary schools in the country by The Sunday Times, based on SATs results.

As a young school, pupils at St Martin’s have not yet completed Year 6 SATs, but the school’s first intake from six years ago are expected to achieve highly when they sit their exams this academic year.