Pupils in Ryde have been learning the art of rocket science thanks to an iconic rocket with an Isle of Wight link and a dash of grant funding.

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The Black Arrow was the UK’s first satellite carrier rocket to successfully launch into orbit.

It was developed and tested on the Isle of Wight but will not be returning as its found a new home in Scotland.

But its history is being kept alive on the Island with a new project which is currently being tried and tested at Dover Park Primary School.

Behind the project is Councillor Michael Lilley, who said:

“It is fantastic the Black Arrow is coming back to the UK after 48 years to UK. I would have preferred it to have come home to the Isle of Wight where it was built. We need to celebrate this wonderful achievement. The Isle of Wight was Rocket Island from the 1950s to 1970s. It is fantastic that this National Lottery grant will enable us to tell this amazing story in our local schools. I am a governor of Dover Park School and the Year 5 children there are already designing a Rocket Island school’s programme that will be rolled across the Isle of Wight over the year.”

LISTEN: Dover Park Primary pupils give Isle of Wight Radio’s Lauren Roberts a lesson in rocket science

The project has also attracted the help of the Wight Aviation Museum in Sandown – which is where a Black Arrow replica has recently landed.

Volunteers from the museum visit the school to carry out workshops which see the children get hands on with science and even build their own rockets.