Making super slime at Minecraft event

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More than 300 primary school pupils enjoyed a Minecraft-themed day at an Ilkeston school.

A total of 330 year-five pupils from Cotmanhay Junior, Chaucer Junior, Hallam Fields Junior and Kensington Primary Schools visited Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy over two days.

They enjoyed a range of activities based on the popular computer game Minecraft, which allows players to build virtual worlds.

Pupils made super slime and potions in the science laboratories in the academy’s new £6.2 million building.

They also made Minecraft characters, cookies and keyrings with symbols on them.

The event was organised by academy maths teacher Rebecca Baynes, who visits the local primaries to help prepare them for life at secondary school.

She said: “We thoroughly enjoyed hosting children from our partner primary schools over two days.

“Excitement levels were high both because of the sessions and as they were in our brand new building. Feedback from the Year Five children and staff has been really positive and we look forward to working with our partner primary schools again next year.”

Olivia Salmons, ten, is a pupil at Hallam Fields Junior School.

She said: “I’ve never made slime before so it’s been really good fun and I’ve loved coming to visit.”

Science teacher Tim Kenyon added: “When the chemicals started reacting and fizzing the reactions from the pupils was great.”