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Occold Primary School pupils take on three-day STEM challenges





Pupils from Occold Primary School have been learning the basics behind coding websites, creating apps and how the digestive system works.

The schoolchildren took on a host of activities during a varied week of learning that focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This included the science behind bubbles, and saw them work in groups to see who could build the best cardboard structure to support the weight of their entire team.

Occold pupils Lola, Jacob, George and Henry with Miss Katie Thornton. Pictures: Mark Bullimore
Occold pupils Lola, Jacob, George and Henry with Miss Katie Thornton. Pictures: Mark Bullimore

Headteacher Katie Thornton said: “We believe it is essential to give children enriching, engaging and varied hands-on learning experiences, which spark their interest and curiosity.

“We are increasingly aware that many of this generation’s future jobs will involve elements of STEM.

“Giving them early opportunities like this to explore these subjects in fun and exciting ways will broaden their minds and leave them hungry for more.”​​​​​​

Gabriel, left, and Leah showing some of the technology they have been working with during the STEM sessions. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Gabriel, left, and Leah showing some of the technology they have been working with during the STEM sessions. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Bubble fun with pupils Vinnie, Mia, Juno and Lara with Mrs Katrina Weatherley. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Bubble fun with pupils Vinnie, Mia, Juno and Lara with Mrs Katrina Weatherley. Picture: Mark Bullimore

The final day saw the children host a STEM fair, where parents and carers were invited into the village school to join in the fun.



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