School scoops a Rolls-Royce of an accolade

Wykeham School staff collect the 2016 Rolls-Royce Science Prize at an awards ceremony in London.
Wykeham School staff collect the 2016 Rolls-Royce Science Prize at an awards ceremony in London.
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A primary school is celebrating after beating more than 2,000 entries to claim first place in a national science competition.

Wykeham CE Primary School claimed the 2016 Rolls-Royce Science Prize for an innovative project.

The school’s Multi-Sensory Art (SMArt) project enabled their 42 children to develop their knowledge of scientific concepts by exploring their understanding through a range of multi-sensory arts experiences.

This included working with the Stephen Joseph Theatre to create a shadow theatre nativity and devising and staging their own fashion show about the human body.

Rowena Thorp, Wykeham School teacher and project leader, said:

“Combining creativity and practical hands-on exercises really works. 

“Our pupils have retained their understanding of science subjects gained from the various experiences.

“Winning the Rolls-Royce Science Prize crowns a fantastic year, in which everyone – pupils, parents and staff – have all been engaged, entertained and educated.”

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize recognises and rewards excellence in Science teaching across the full spectrum of teaching, from special education needs to high ability pupils.

“The national prize was awarded at the annual awards event, held at the Science Museum in London, UK.

Rolls-Royce group president Colin Smith, who hosted the event, said: “My congratulations go to Wykeham.

“Enthusing and educating children about science is so important to our future and meeting some of the great teachers who do that every day is both inspiring and humbling.