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Youngsters find science can be fun

PUBLISHED: 07:14 24 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:05 22 October 2010

Children from primary schools across west Norfolk spent a day at a high-flying science college yesterday, learning how to unlock nature's secrets.

Children from primary schools across west Norfolk spent a day at a high-flying science college yesterday, learning how to unlock nature's secrets.

Litcham High School's specialist science college status and five laboratories helped its pupils achieve some of the best science GCSE results in the country last year, with 71pc getting grades A*-C.

Yesterday, 115 children from nine local primary schools visited Litcham to learn how to build a fruit-powered battery, extract dyes out of plants and use probability to predict the World Cup winners.

The science and maths day was part of a series of science-themed events held by

the school to inspire the next generation

of scientists and help it hold on to its

status.

Its specialist status was awarded four years ago and led to government cash to build another laboratory and buy more scientific equipment. The school will reapply for the status next Easter.

Elizabeth Ridge, specialist science

co-ordinator for the school, said:

"The strong reputation of the school is

built on the quality of the teaching,

high expectations and hard work from students.

"Science is an interesting topic which is relevant to day-to-day life. Whenever you open the paper there is a story about

cloning or genetic modification - it gives children an informed view of the modern world.

"The children all really enjoyed the

day, and it provides a fun way for them

to discover what science can offer

them."

Next Friday the school will be teaching primary school children the secrets of police forensics as they use chromatography and DNA fingerprinting to extract clues from a mock crime scene to catch a murderer.


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