Children at a Cambridgeshire primary school have channelled their inner astronauts on a trip to the University of Cambridge.

Pupils in Year 5 and 6 at Oakington Church of England Primary School visited the university’s engineering department earlier this month to learn about space travel.

The children were given the chance to build their own rockets and launch pads, before being challenged to fire their rockets into the sky.

One of the pupils, 10-year-old Ellie, said: “I enjoyed making the rockets with my team.

“We managed to launch our rocket higher than the seven-storey building!”

Fellow Year 6 pupil Aliya, 10, added she was “thrilled” watching her rocket soar into the sky.

The programme is run by Cambridge LaunchPad, a movement led by science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) organisations.

It is hoped the experience days will inspire a new generation of STEM professionals, helping improve communication, teamwork and problem solving skills while encouraging innovation.

Nathan Clark, headteacher at the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust school, added: “This was a fantastic day out and we are very thankful to Cambridge Launchpad for having us.

“We always look to provide rich learning opportunities for our pupils to deepen their knowledge, so we look forward to offering more fun trips like this in the future.”

More information on Oakington CofE Primary School and a virtual tour can be found on its website: www.oakingtonprimary.co.uk.