Pupils enter world of politics and science

Pupils have been exploring the world of both science and politics with special events including welcoming a Member of Parliament in the classroom.

Our school was chosen to partner with international company Pfizer Ltd for a flagship programme to spark interest in the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and science Minister Sam Gyimah visited the school as part of the event.

“It has been fantastic to see pupils at Hillcroft School having the opportunity to learn about science and understand how it is brought to life in the real world. The UK has a proud history of great scientific minds that have changed the world and initiatives like this can help inspire the next Sir Isaac Newton,” said Mr Gyimah (pictured), who is the MP for East Surrey.

The event was organised via STEM Learning and saw the Science in a Box programme delivered at the school which is only a few miles away from the Pfizer UK commercial headquarters in Walton Oaks.

The interactive programme is designed for Year 6 students to bring to life how medicines are made using puzzles, board games, quizzes and presentations. Pupils are guided through a total of eight hands-on modules throughout the session by Pfizer STEM Ambassadors.

“It has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to see science brought to life in the classroom and to understand what a future in these subjects could hold,” said Tom Holloway, Primary Science Lead at the school, part of the multi-academy GLF Trust.

There was another visitor from the Houses of Parliament when education officer Diane Hedditch made a visit to the school to take sessions with children introducing them into the world of the UK Parliament.

She discussed why we need laws, the mechanics of an election and what are the houses of Commons and Lords.