Children at Helmdon Primary School hunted for fossils and discovered the secret of fireworks during a 10 week project looking at how metals are used to make colour.
The Pots, Rocks and Fireworks – Colours from the Ground project saw children exploring the geology of south Northants, hunting for fossils, growing crystals and investigating the properties of metals.
Pupils discovered how the colour of ceramics, glass and fireworks are influenced by the metals they contain and worked alongside local ceramic artist Irene Inness to create individual ceramic tiles. Each tile can be linked together to form a large piece of art which will go on permanent display in the school.
Children also became crime scene investigators at Magdalen College School where chemistry teacher Rachel Hucknall set children the task of identifying the culprit of a fossil theft using metal compounds and Bunsen burners.
Interim head Sue Deane said:” This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to work alongside experienced scientists and feel their enthusiasm for the subject.”
Brackley & Towcester Advertiser - July 17th 2009