A day full of experiences for Cranwell children

Winners of the maths quiz - Walcott Primary School. EMN-150615-181826001
Winners of the maths quiz - Walcott Primary School. EMN-150615-181826001

A village primary school swapped its regular timetable of lessons for a day full of experiences last week.

The event has become an annual thing for pupils and staff of Cranwell Primary School and where children are invited to try something new.

Runners up in the maths quiz, William Alvey School of Sleaford. EMN-150615-181746001

Runners up in the maths quiz, William Alvey School of Sleaford. EMN-150615-181746001

Co-ordinated by Key Stage Two teacher Rebecca Hill, the aim is to encourage children to challenge themselves outside their comfort zone and experience new things by inviting various organsations, businesses and individuals in to give tasters to the children of all ages.

Everyone could select up to six experiences to try throughout the day. This saw youngsters learning first aiding skills with LIVES First Responder Amanda Pryor, or engineering and mechanics with Richard Welby of Still Materials Handling.

They were using forensic skills to look for clues and fingerprints, CSI style, with Jacqui Thompson of Pulse CSI, or painstakingly constructing towers from marshmallows and spaghetti.

There were lots of arts, crafts and sewing classes, as well as cookery.

Third placed Cranwell Primary School in the maths quiz. EMN-150615-181806001

Third placed Cranwell Primary School in the maths quiz. EMN-150615-181806001

There were young ‘Bear Grylls’ learning survival skills with ex-Paratrooper Ben Wildblood and a range of sports such as rugby and golf. Indoors pupils tried gymnastics or judo with instructor Barry Cooper.

Children could even pick up a few tips on how to report on the day from Kesteven and Sleaford High School’s young journalist team.

Pupils from Kirkby La Thorpe School were also invited to join in.

○ Cranwell School children also fared well in a recent maths quiz held at St George’s Academy in Sleaford.

Solving some clues with Jacqui Thompson of Pulse CSI, from left - Steven Markham and Jake Walczak of Kirkby La Thorpe School and Taylor Denham and Erin Duffy of Cranwell School. EMN-150615-190723001

Solving some clues with Jacqui Thompson of Pulse CSI, from left - Steven Markham and Jake Walczak of Kirkby La Thorpe School and Taylor Denham and Erin Duffy of Cranwell School. EMN-150615-190723001

The Inter Primary Maths Quiz has been run by the Academy for young mathematicians since 2002, with teams of four coming from 14 local schools taking part in an afternoon of solving challenging but fun problems.

The standard was higher than ever and all of the participating pupils were said to be a credit to themselves and their schools.

In a very close contest the winners were Walcott Primary School, William Alvey School were runners up just one point behind and third place went to Cranwell School.

The quiz was organised by Head of Math Nigel Vickers and vice-principal Terry Crawshaw, with help from A level maths students.

Richard Welby of Still Materials Handling works with circuitry and wiring diagrams to light up a beacon with year 5 and 6 pupils, from left - Sebastien Towers, Daniel Miers and Alex Errington. EMN-150615-190712001

Richard Welby of Still Materials Handling works with circuitry and wiring diagrams to light up a beacon with year 5 and 6 pupils, from left - Sebastien Towers, Daniel Miers and Alex Errington. EMN-150615-190712001

Martial arts skills on show. Megan McMillan throws judo instructor Barry Cooper. EMN-150615-190802001

Martial arts skills on show. Megan McMillan throws judo instructor Barry Cooper. EMN-150615-190802001

Parent and former paratrooper Ben Wildblood teaching survival skills with Onyi Oriakiu and Carly Williams taking shelter. EMN-150615-190646001

Parent and former paratrooper Ben Wildblood teaching survival skills with Onyi Oriakiu and Carly Williams taking shelter. EMN-150615-190646001

LIVES First Responder and first aid trainer Amanda Pryor gives some tips to Cranwell year 3 and 4 pupils, from left - Bethany Gill, Kitty Smith, Charlotte Gill and Gabby Bober. EMN-150615-190658001

LIVES First Responder and first aid trainer Amanda Pryor gives some tips to Cranwell year 3 and 4 pupils, from left - Bethany Gill, Kitty Smith, Charlotte Gill and Gabby Bober. EMN-150615-190658001