Hats off to a week of fun science

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THERE was a very merry unbirthday for Morpeth pupils as a special Comic Relief celebration ended a week of science fun.

Pupils at Chantry Middle School have been taking part in various activities for National Science and Engineering Week, from building structures and mechanisms to baking cakes and exploring textiles.

There were also visits from the Creepy Crawlies Show and Professor Brainstorm.

And as one group was involved in a forensic science project to find out who stole the tarts, it was thought appropriate to conclude the week on Friday with a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Pupils made their own wacky hats for the occasion, as well as Alice In Wonderland cupcakes, while teachers and parents teamed up after school to bake a Mad Hatter cake.

The tasty treats were then sold off to raise funds for Comic Relief, while children donned their hats for a fashion show.

Cookery teacher Helen Moran said: “The parents thought they were coming in for a natter and a cup of coffee, but they were roped into making the cake. Some of the staff stayed back to do it as well.

“The children were so excited to see that the staff had done something bizarre.

“The children helped to ice it and made their own buns, using a lot of different colours. It is such an experience for the children because it might be the only time in their lives that they experience professional ingredients. Some of them asked for extra ingredients to show their mums.

“They decided to sell their cakes to raise money for Comic Relief. The children do a huge amount for charity and we are always surprised at just how much they do raise.

“It is not the teachers leading it, it is the children themselves and they think carefully about what they do and what to support.”

Earlier the pupils had enjoyed a visit from professional cake maker Angela Barry, who showed them how to decorate cakes, and they were able to sample creations such as courgette and chocolate cake.

Assistant Headteacher Julie Edwards said: “Our pupils from Year 5 to Year 8 have all been doing some top draw activities. They have been off timetable to really explore National Science and Engineering Week.

“It is experiences like this that they will remember forever.”