PUPILS at an east Durham primary school have been broadening their horizons this week by working with university scientists.

Children at St Godric’s Primary School, in Wheatley Hill, have joined with Durham University experts in a range of hands-on activities.

Academics from across the university’s science faculty and museums have brought in special equipment to help pupils do their own experiments and investigate the world around them.

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Activities have included skeleton science, with pupils built their own skeleton models using pasta shapes and plastic bones.

They have also taken part in "muck-and-yuck" sessions – making slime and investigating why nappies hold so much liquid.

Today (Thursday, January 17) they became space explorers and took part in a mission to explore the universe in the university’s inflatable planetarium.

Throughout the week, all the classes and teachers have been building their own air rockets which will be launched tomorrow (Friday, January 18.)

Head teacher Jane Lewin said: “This has been a wonderful opportunity for our children to experience lots of exciting scientific concepts, and develop their enthusiasm for science as a subject.”