PUPILS from Warwickshire and Gloucestershire primary schools got the chance to explore the fascinating world of chemistry at a special learning day held at Chipping Campden School recently.

Sixty, eight to ten year olds from Mickleton, St James & Ebrington, St Catharine's, (Chipping Campden) St David’s (Moreton) and Welford-on-Avon primary schools, donned white lab coats and protective goggles to take part in a series of workshops led by Dr Alison Rivett from the University of Bristol ChemLabS outreach team.

Pupils had fun with foam mountains, exploding hydrogen balloons, making slime and mystery acid experiments.

The event was part of an innovative programme of science events hosted at Chipping Campden School and sponsored by the The Odgen Trust, a leading UK educational charity which aims to kindle primary school children’s interest and excitement in science through its schools’ science partnerships.

The day’s organiser Jackie Flaherty, head of physics atChipping Campden School and co-ordinator of the Chipping Campden Primary Partnership said: "We are grateful to the Ogden Trust for funding such a brilliant day. There was a real buzz about science amongst the children and it was lovely to see pupils from so many schools working together in our labs. The Bristol ChemLabS team did a fabulous job!"

Alison Saunders, science coordinator from St David's Primary School said: “I would like to say a huge thank you on behalf of St David's for running the event. Both the adults and children came back bubbling over with excitement at what they had seen and done, a truly inspirational day.”