Time to get messy! Pupils and parents get their hands dirty at science event at Queensway Infant School in Thetford

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is school headteacher Jane Wilding planting seeds with four-year-old Lexi Blair and her brother Keiron, 6. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Hitting frozen flowers with hammers, planting seeds and analysing butterflies were just some of the fun and sometimes messy activities on offer at a school science morning.

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is school headteacher Jane Wilding planting seeds with four-year-old Lexi Blair and her brother Keiron, 6. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Excitement filled the hall at Queensway Infant School in Thetford, as the youngsters, aged between three and six, were able to put their hands into cornflower slime and learn about frogspawn.

Not wanting to miss out on the fun, many parents happily got involved with the messy experiments.

Karen Fancourt, science leader and organiser of the event - organised to coincide with National Science Week - said: 'We want to try and encourage boys and girls to be enthusiastic about science. It is hands-on so it gives them a thirst for learning.

'We also want the parents to be more engaged with their child's learning. The parents love it. This is the second time we've done this and the feedback we got last year was really positive.

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is school headteacher Jane Wilding planting seeds with four-year-old Lexi Blair and her brother Keiron, 6. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

'It is nice to see the parents come in and make the most of the messy activities.'

Roxy Browne, from Thetford, said her daughters Ruby-May, six, and Leonie love events like this.

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She said: 'It is lovely because the school do open days like this quite a lot and it is nice for the parents to experience things with them.

'I feel they learn more with the hands-on experience. They love it. I keep all the mementoes they make.'

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is school headteacher Jane Wilding planting seeds with four-year-old Lexi Blair and her brother Keiron, 6. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Pupils and teachers from Thetford Academy came along to display experiments with dry ice.

Emilee Bartlett - who is a school governor and whose daughters Irulan, four, and Ayiana, seven, attend the school - said it was nice to see her children 'explore things'.

She said: 'I think it is really good because something like this means I get to see what they do and I can spend time with them which is nice.

'It is nice to see them explore things.

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is

Queensway Infant School, Thetford, held a science morning for pupils and their parents. Pictured is school headteacher Jane Wilding planting seeds with four-year-old Lexi Blair and her brother Keiron, 6. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

'And it is nice to see parents come and get involved. The children all seem to enjoy themselves.'

Do you know of an event that a school or youth club is organising in Thetford? Contact reporter Rebecca Murphy on 01842 751510 or email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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