Monday 20th January Year 5 Astronomers and Key Stage 1 Family System Engineers

Today Year 5 became astronomers and found out about the development of the telescope throughout history as well as about the role of women in astronomy. They discovered what stars are made from and how astronomers know this by analysing the light they produce. To find out more about astronomy and to try some activities at home, click here.

After school, Key Stage 1 families became systems engineers. They designed, created, tested and improved marble runs to see how long they could get the marble to roll for. To find out more about systems engineering and to discover some fun activities to try at home, click here.


Tuesday 1st October Y3 Palaeontologists and KS2 Family Workshop


This afternoon Year 3 became palaeontologists, exploring fossils and using pollen samples to investigate how the earth’s climate has changed over millions of years . For more information and activities to try at home, click here.

After school, Key Stage 2 families investigated the best blade design to use on a wind turbine. Families designed, created, tested and improved designs until they found the shape that made the wind turbine shaft turn the quickest.

Wednesday 18th September 2019 Reception Bubbles

Look Bubbles!

Today Reception children had fun with bubbles and predicted what would happen if they blew bubbles with different shaped wands. Click here for more bubble information and activities.

15th January Medical Physicist and Family Workshop

This afternoon some of the classes in Key Stage 2 have been to a medical physics workshop. To find out more about medical physicists do click here.

If you would like another look at the ultrasound scan, click here.

There has also been a Key Stage 2 systems engineer family workshop. Click here to discover more systems engineer activities that you can do at home.


6th December: Magnets

Today the reception children have been exploring magnets. To find more about what they did, click here.

6th February: Medical Physics

Big thanks for having us over this afternoon, it’s always a pleasure. Today Year 3 and 4 looked at medical physics. We’ve a page of pictures and videos to take your further. After school, Luke worked with some parents building catapults!

Enjoy exploring the link, and we’ll see you again soon!

6th July: The Civil Engineer

We’ve been building bridges with Year 6 today using K’nex! It was great to see so many different designs!

Civil engineers design and build bridges of all different shapes and sizes – just look at the bridges spanning the River Tyne to see how different bridges can be!

Why don’t you have a go at building a bridge at home? If you don’t have any K’nex,  try using dry spaghetti and sellotape instead or any other materials you have around the house! Be creative!

23 March: Naval Architecture

Goat on a Boat 05What a busy morning Kenton Bar’s Year 1 classes have had. We’ve been exploring floating and sinking with a little help from the youngest Billy Goats Gruff. We’ve designed, tested, taken measurements and redesigned to ensure that the goat made it safely across the river.

Now you’re back home, follow these steps for more floating and sinking fun:

  1. Go into the kitchen and find some aluminium (tin) foil.
  2. Build another boat and make it float in the sink.
  3. Test out your boat by adding 1p coins to it – home many will it take before it sinks??
  4. Try out a different boat design, change the shape of your foil and test it out again. Is it better or worse than your first design?

To find out exactly what we did in the session click here.

May 19: Bubbles

By blowing air through a straw into a dish of bubble fluid we could create a mountain of bubbles, boasting a rainbow of coloursJoe’s been in today blowing soap bubbles of all sizes with reception. All sizes, but not all shapes – and maybe you can describe why that’s the case?

See the Think Physics Bubbles page for more things to do and explore.

9 March: Botany and Meteorites

Magnifying flytrap-1650thinToday I’ve been busy at Kenton Bar Primary School

This morning Year 2 became brilliant botanists and you can find out all about it by clicking here.

In the afternoon, Y5 were exploring rocks from space – meteorites. Click here to find out more!