SCHOOL children from across the Five Valleys celebrated Chinese New Year with a bang.

More than 250 pupils from nine schools in the district learned all about the science of fireworks at Wycliffe College on Friday with scientist and pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh.

Matthew, who is responsible for the firework spectaculars at Cheltenham Racecourse, wowed the children with a special indoor pyrotechnic display.

There were shrieks of delight as Matthew explained the science behind fireworks with several show-stopping explosions.

Children from Hopelands, Amberley, Horsley, Rosary, St Dominic’s, Maidenhill and Beaufort were among those to attend the event.

“It’s a privilege to use science to entertain and educate audiences,” said Matthew.

This is the second time the school in Bath Road, Stonehouse, has staged a science day for local schools.

“I’m sure the children will be talking about this science lesson for weeks to come. Science day is all about showing young people how exciting science can be,” said Matt Archer, head of Chemistry at the school.