Narnia Class at Caythorpe Primary started their topic ‘What makes the Earth angry’ with a big bang of a visit to Magna, a science adventure centre near Sheffield. The children experienced hands-on activities with the interactive exhibits all housed in a huge former steelworks, where they explored the wonders of science and technology, visiting the pavilions of earth, air and water.
The Year 3 and 4 pupils started the day by visiting the earth pavilion, blasting, digging and rocking their way around Earth. Below ground, the children controlled some real-life JCBs, became rock sorters and detonated a quarry face to explode.
The children also took part in a workshop run by the Magna staff. They created volcanic eruptions using vinegar and baking powder and learnt how rocks are formed when the magma hardens. They then took core rock samples and identified types of rocks.
In the air pavilion, which is a huge airship, children created patterns with air cannons, felt the wind, played with a tornado and explored how sound is made.
The children will be using their experience to write recounts in English and the knowledge they learnt will be very beneficial to their science and topic work this term.