Pupils at Fairfield Park Lower School took part in an Engineering Week from 3–7 June. The 2019 theme for this biennial project week was ‘Flight’ to celebrate 50 years since Neil Armstrong first landed on the moon.

Families were challenged to work together over the half-term holiday to build a replica or model of something that might fly. You may have seen some of the impressive models being taken into school, there was an abundance of models including hot air balloons, aeroplanes and rockets. A display of all the models was open to parents after school on 6 June.

During the week, Year 3 and 4 pupils also visited Airbus Discovery Centre in Stevenage, and learned all about the Mars Rover which will be starting its voyage in 2020; the vehicle has been built in sterile conditions and will shortly be transported to France so that further engineering work can take place.

These project weeks showcase the creativity within the school and highlight that there are some budding engineers in our midst!

Headteacher Jenny Stone said, “Project weeks like Engineering Week are embedded and threaded into our school cycle and showcase our holistic approach to learning; through them we explore collaboration, teamwork, problem solving, analytical thinking and risk taking as core skills. Children have loved our vertical grouping day where they learn with different age groups through the school from Nursery to Year 4. It was great to see sixth form pupils from Samuel Whitbread in school working with our children on rockets, wow!”