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Giant snails get pupils on science trail

Giant snails, stick insects, acids and invisible ink will be inspiring 150 young pupils to get into science at Sheffield Girls'.

Sheffield High School for Girls will be hosting the Great Science Share on Tuesday 18th June when they welcome pupils from four Sheffield primary schools.

Children from Year 2 and Year 6 at Hunters Bar, Arbourthorne, Ecclesall and Woodseats schools will be sharing their science projects with each other.

Topics up for discussion include air pressure, electricity and circuits and balloon rockets.

Mrs Williams, Year 6 teacher and Science Co-ordinator for Infants and Juniors at Sheffield Girls' said, "Through child-centred learning in science, we are offering the opportunity for young people to communicate their scientific questions and investigations to new audiences - in their own words and ways.

"We will be answering questions such as What's inside your body? and How much water fits on a penny? Most of all we will be coming together to learn, enhance young people's experience of science and have a lot of fun. This is the first time these schools have come together to do this type of event."

The free morning will include the chance for primary school pupils to visit their first ever science lab. Funding from The Great Science Share and BASF UK has helped provide transport for the schools and 25 chemistry dictionaries for the schools involved.

Sheffield Girls’ has a strong science focus with 2018 GCSE results showing 80% of grades at A*/A in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. In the Sixth Form, nearly 60% of students are studying at least one science subject, with 67% opting for at least one STEM subject (Science/Maths/Computer Science).

The Great Science Share is a national campaign to inspire young people in science and engineering. It has already reached more than 50,000 young people since its launch in 2016.

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