For 2024’s Norwich Science Festival in February, SAW teamed up with Norfolk Panto legend and Britain’s Got Talent star, Ben Langley, to take schools on an out-of-this-world adventure.

Made possible by an award from the People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, schools were given the opportunity to host a free performance and additional theatre workshops led by Ben in the month prior to the Festival.

The interactive science play entitled To the Moon and Back explored the science behind a trip to the moon, covering KS1 and KS2 topics such as Earth, space, light and forces.

The brilliant team behind the Norwich Science Festival captured feedback from the schools for us.

We were thrilled to hear that 100% of the teachers who shared their feedback said they would recommend the play to other schools!

It brought science to life and showed everyone how exciting and important it is. The show was inclusive of men and women and will have inspired many of the class to be more interested in science and to realise that science and engineering are options for everyone to pursue. The whole school was engrossed and engaged.

Teacher, St Edmunds Primary Catholic School.

Making a play accessible and engaging, to students in reception through to year 6, was no mean feat but Ben did a great job as all the teachers who gave feedback stated how well it linked in with their current curriculum, from touching on topics such as gravity, friction, planets and sound, the play helped bring the curriculum to life.

We study Space as part of the lower KS2 science curriculum. The play and workshop also developed the children’s speaking and listening skills (English).

Teacher, Saxlingham Nethergate Primary School.

We are also really happy to report that 89% of those who gave feedback stated that watching the play had increased the likelihood of their students attending further Norwich Science Festival events in the future.  A great result all round!