Science in action

Young scientist Reece Mason.
Young scientist Reece Mason.

YOUNG scientists improved their learning with a host of fun hands-on experiments when a local company visited their school.

Pupils at Golden Flatts Primary School, in Hartlepool, went mad for oil in the interactive workshop with town company F Peart & Co.

The young boffins made their own silly putty, saw butane gas set on fire and learned how oils and lubricants play an important role in many aspects their lives.

Laura Jackson, business manager at F Peart & Co, said: “The oil we distribute plays such a vital role in the community, from fuelling our cars to heating our homes, so we wanted to take this opportunity to teach local children about its origins, uses and importance.

“Through the workshop, we aimed to show children at Golden Flatts the effect oil has all around them, from how F Peart & Co helps heat homes to being part of their favourite toys.

“It was great to see their faces during some of the experiments we conducted.

“This activity has been designed to fit directly within the current school curriculum, ensuring we offer complementary learning while also conveying F Peart & Co messages in a fun, dynamic way.

“We are committed to playing a key role in the local areas we operate in and also working closely with schools to benefit children, their families and the wider community.”

F Peart & Co, of Baltic Street, Hartlepool, is a distributor of heating oil and lubricants.

Around 30 children, from school years 5 and 6 took part in the workshop.

Grace Simpson, Golden Flatts’ science co-ordinator, said: “The children really enjoyed it and learned a lot from the visit.

“At the end of the workshop the lady lit some butane bubbles on fire and all the children were so excited.
“They have been learning about gases, molecules and atoms in school so this visit tied in with that work.”