Chilworth House School group

We Work with Schools


Schools are at the heart of our proceesion, To help schools make the most of their involvement, we run a series of workshops to help plan, create, learn and participate in this year’s procession.

In 2017 we teamed up with the Harwell Campus as part of our Arts Council funded work to offer 59 school children plus staff from three local primary schools an exciting peek inside the world leading science and technology campus located at Chilton, south of Oxford.

Years 4-6 pupils from Church Cowley St James, Marsh Baldon C of E and St Francis Schools were invited to Harwell Campus, a site which houses the UK’s leading national science facilities, including 200 organisations engaged in science and technology and 75 that work in the space sector. The visit was an extension of the Cowley Road Carnival which takes place on 3rd July this year, with a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) theme running through it. Organisers were keen to provide an opportunity for the children to see first-hand how research and discovery is helping to find innovative solutions across the sectors of space, medicine, healthcare, advanced materials and data.


School children visited the Harwell Campus

Visitors and teaching staff were treated to a viewing of the ‘We are Aliens’ planetarium show which has a voiceover by actor Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from Harry Potter); hosted by Sophy Palmer from the Science and Technology Facilities Council.  Students then listened to a talk about space exploration, astronauts and the planets, including how space is used every day on earth, by Alan Brunstrom, Liaison Officer, the European Space Agency at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT). Afterwards, local artists worked with the children to help generate creative ideas for their procession groups in the carnival procession.

Natalie Rushton, teacher at Marsh Baldon Primary School said: “The children said it was really fun and they loved finding out more about space – they were particularly enthusiastic about discussing ‘The Black Hole’. The staff have told me it was a great opportunity to see ‘Science in action’ and lots of our budding scientists are now feeling even more inspired. I think the discussions were valuable and have certainly influenced our artwork and structures, as the children have been busy making beautiful shooting stars and even a black hole of their own! I can’t wait to see what the other schools have created.”

Alan Brunstrom said ‘We hope that by giving these students a small taste of what’s at Harwell they may consider taking up subjects that could lead them into a career in the spheres of science, technology and space. Sometimes it only takes a small spark to ignite a passion for these subjects.’