BANG! Shapwick School learns weird science
WEIRD science and dodgy sport dodgeball came together at Shapwick School.
Before breaking up for the summer, the school held Shapwick in Motion, organised by deputy head Hellen Lush and head of design and technology and engineering Dan Burnett.
As well as science exhibits and demonstrations the school also held a special sporting event in support of a chosen charity and this year saw a fiercely contested dodgeball knockout competition in support of the British Heart Foundation.
Both the prep and senior schools took part in the competition and even four very enthusiastic staff teams took to the court.
Each match was preceded by an energetic display from groups of cheerleaders who themselves were loudly applauded and cheered by all the spectators. Team Da Vinci came out the winners of the competition.
As part of the science demonstrations Shaaron Leverment presented the Explorer Dome, a large inflatable “classroom” in which the children were held enthralled by presentations on space and the universe, light, sound and even the human body.
Outside the dome Ben Brown presented a chemistry show with experiments as diverse as dry ice drinks and fire along with some amazing chemical reaction magic, turning water to wine and back again.
One of the biggest hits were the exploding balloons, four balloons each filled with hydrogen and a different chemical which made huge explosions and balls of fire of different colours.
The finale of the science day was a hands on rocket lesson presented by Peter Wright, where each pupil had the chance to make their own rocket, complete with parachute in the nose, which fired into the air by compressed air.
Students also got awards during a morning assembly for either first aid under the Duke of Edinburgh scheme or for their end-of-year subject prizes.
Shapwick is a school specialising in the education of children with dyslexia, and its associated difficulties.