Primary school children battle to build tallest jelly tower at Suffolk Show

Pupils from Great Whelnetham team together to build the winning jelly. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL

Pupils from Great Whelnetham team together to build the winning jelly. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: Archant

Budding young scientists put their hypotheses to the test during an inter-school competition at the Suffolk Show - and luckily their nerves didn’t wobble.

The team from Westgate used potato waffles in their jelly. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL

The team from Westgate used potato waffles in their jelly. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: Archant

Year 5 pupils from Great Whelnetham, Westgate, All Saints and Ickworth Park primaries battled it out today to see who could build the tallest structure out of jelly.

For the past four weeks the children have been experimenting in a bid to come up with the perfect mix, detailing their findings in a workbook which was also judged during the contest.

Great Whelnetham won first prize for its 78cm tower, made out of jelly and couscous.

Teacher Sam Sharp said: “We are very happy. We did a lot of group work involving the whole class and they learnt a lot about science through doing it.”

Elle, nine, and Poppy, 10, from All Saints, which won the best workbook. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL

Elle, nine, and Poppy, 10, from All Saints, which won the best workbook. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: Archant


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The school was awarded £500, donated by West Suffolk College, to spend on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) equipment.

All Saints was awarded first place for its workbook by professor Chris Higgins, governor of West Suffolk College. He said: “The scientific insight they gained from doing it is really great.”

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Other products used in the schools’ jelly mix included shredded wheat, potato waffles, rice and oats.

The competition was organised by King Edward VI School, alongside West Suffolk College and the Institute of Physics.

David Nunn measures Great Whelnetham's tower at 78cm. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL

David Nunn measures Great Whelnetham's tower at 78cm. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: Archant

The first blocks go on Ickworth Park's structure. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL

The first blocks go on Ickworth Park's structure. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: Archant

Pupils from All Saints get building. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL

Pupils from All Saints get building. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: Archant

Great Whelnetham's winning tower. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL

Great Whelnetham's winning tower. Picture: GEMMA MITCHELL - Credit: Archant

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