FIVE young scientists at a Witney School have been crowned the winners of an annual Science Oxford event.

The year four pupils at Hanborough Manor C of E School bagged the award in the competition after they investigated 'which salt dissolved an ice cube the quickest?'

The competitions challenges youngsters to mastermind a science experiment, before presenting their findings to a panel of judges.

The science experiment can be on any topic and other entries included 'what makes snails move?' and 'how much air does it take to pop a banana?'

The competition, which is celebrating its eighth birthday, initially reached out to only 17 schools in the county, but has now grown to involve more than 100 schools and 13,000 pupils.

Abbott Diabetes Care supported the event and hosted the final at their campus in Witney.

The panel was made up of four judges, inlcuding Steve Burgess from the Oxford Trust, who said: “The standard of entries for this exciting competition get better and better each year.

"The pupils taking part are a credit to themselves, their teachers and parents - thinking, and talking about science through actually doing hands on experiments in the early years of education helps create a bedrock of curiosity that we hope lasts a lifetime. This is essential in today’s world where smart thinking and innovation are key to success. Congratulations to all teams."