Pupils enjoy exciting experiences in Perse Prep Activities Week
23 Jun 2021
From ice cream making to building rockets, pupils enjoyed lots of new experiences during Perse Prep Activities Week.
Each year group had the opportunity to try exciting new challenges and quench their thirst for intellectual curiosity through a series of trips, events, activities and talks.
There was a strong scientific slant to the week with children hearing from a range of experts and learning plenty of fascinating facts along the way.
They discovered more about how diseases spread and how data is used to predict this spread, while various activities helped them to understand about microbes and how they grow. They also heard about the different stages of medicine manufacture.
The importance of DNA sequencing was explained and pupils had the chance to build models of DNA with sweets. They also had a detailed look at genetic and mitochondrial DNA and were challenged to debate the ethics surrounding DNA sequencing, as well as being introduced to neurology.
A giant microscope helped children appreciate cell structure and organelles and interactive demonstrations showed how blood vessels work around the body. They learned more about heart disease and the development of blood clots and used ultrasound to find blood vessels.
Pupils were also given an insight into eye surgery and how broken bones can be fixed.
Away from the human body, children studied rocks and fossils and found out about the science behind construction and architecture. They also took what they discovered on the science of flight to build a scale model Hawker Hurricane and create gliders and rockets of their own.
The Perse Upper’s respective Heads of Chemistry and Biology, Cheryl Buchanan and Emily Nesbitt, also dropped in for some scientific fun. Dr Buchanan invited pupils to take part in a CSI-style investigation using blood and urine samples to catch the pretend perpetrator, while Miss Nesbitt wowed them with coloured flames and underwater scenes using acids and alkalis.
Beyond science, each year group relished taking part in outdoor pursuits days at Abington, with children gaining skills in teamwork, resilience and perseverance as they had to find solutions to a range of challenging tasks.
Years 3, 4 and 5 had a great time exploring Cambridge Botanical Garden, while Year 4 and 5 pupils delved deep into history, culminating in the opportunity to test out some medieval weaponry.
Author Mark Wells paid a visit to Year 3, while Dan Shailer told Year 4 pupils about his challenge to swim the English Channel as part of a Cambridge University relay team to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and the Marine Conservation Society.
Children also took part in the Charity Challenge to raise money for Stand4Trees and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, as well as having a go at mini beast hunting, interactive map reading, ice cream making and bridge building.
Year 6 had a special treat as they rounded off the week with all the fun of the fair at Porson Road playing field, with music, picnics and giant inflatables.
Jules Reston, Prep Director of Enrichment, commented: “We wanted the week to be an experience extravaganza with a multitude of opportunities to learn, bond and explore concepts. The children were exposed to a wealth of knowledge from experienced, inspiring individuals in a variety of fields.
“Throughout the week we were happy to see the smiles on the faces of the children who were clearly engaged and happy to be part of such a varied and enriching programme.”