Science brought to life for Chinley pupils

CHEMISTRY: pupils visited the Vinyl Compounds Ltd factory as part of their studies. Photo submitted.
CHEMISTRY: pupils visited the Vinyl Compounds Ltd factory as part of their studies. Photo submitted.

A visit to a Chinley factory brought chemistry to life for pupils at Chinley Primary School.

After receiving a £3,000 Partnership Grant from the Royal Society, the school has been working in collaboration with Dr Frank Mair from Manchester University Chemistry Department.

The Science Enrichment programme has seen post-graduate students visit the school to work with the pupils.

To see how chemistry is used in the workplace, the Year 6 class visited the nearby Vinyl Compounds Ltd factory.

The children were given a guided tour of the factory, looking at the machines and how they are used.

They saw how the raw materials are turned into many different products using specific techniques, and had the opportunity to quiz one of the company’s directors.

The trip provided the perfect opportunity for the pupils to get excited by science in particularly chemistry, to experience it in the real world and build on their previous work started earlier this year with Dr Mair.