Year 7 Homework Project - Up-cycling
The science department have been impressed with the efforts of year 7 with their homework projects last half term. Students were tasked with producing something using rubbish/old unwanted objects. We have some amazingly creative and talented students in year 7. Edward Field made the 'snow dozer' in the video and below you will find a slideshow of other productions.
Stop The Clock Day
For the latest STCD, the Science Department invited the Morley Exotic Animal Rescue Centre to work with Year 8 students in small groups. Students had the opportunity to see and learn facts about some of the rescue animals such as their home habitat, food, enemies etc..
The Great Science Bake Off 2016
The 'Mary Berrys' in the Science department recently launched 'The Great Science Bake Off'. The challenge was to create any Science related cake.
The competition was divided into three categories, the best KS3 cake, the best KS4 cake and the best cake produced by a competitor over 18 years old.
The winners were -
KS3 Champion Baker Skye Baxter Year 7
KS4 Champion Baker Sam Moore Year 11
18+ Champion Baker V Butcher and E Collins
The winner for KS3, and overall Star Baker, Skye Baxter
The eggs have hatched!!!
Five of the eggs hatched. We have 3 boys and 2 girls, they are all very inquisitive. They are spending the weekend at Mrs Hannon's house but will return on Monday.
Male chicks – are lighter in colour than the female chicks
Female chicks – have a well-defined light spot on their head and a brown stripe down their back.
Many thanks to Sophie Barker (8DWs) and her family for providing us with the eggs.
Information about hatching chicks
A mother Hen will sit on the eggs for over three weeks, brooding them at 37.5 degrees Celsius, only getting up for food and water and spending as little time away from the nest as possible. She will occasionally turn the eggs and move them around so that they're warmed on all sides. A few days before the chicks are ready to hatch, they will break through the internal membranes with their egg teeth and begin chirping. At this point the Hen will stop turning them, as she'll know they're on their way. It can take up to 24 hours for the chicks to fight their way out of their egg shells, and they'll be exhausted after they flop out. They'll be busy for the first few hours of their lives, trying to find their feet while their feathers dry.
Did you know? Not all chicken are yellow and some can be heard chirping in their shells up to 24 hours before they hatch?
Imogen Coney, Hannah Cryer, Jack Boden, Daniel Pallett
Four of our year 8 students attended a building bridges physics event held at King's High School, Pontefract. Teams were entered by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield Girls High School, King's High School and us. The challenge was to build a bridge which would span 70cm, have a minimum height of 15cm and hold a 100g mass. The teams had to plan including costing of materials, build and test their bridge. The winner was the team which made the most profit. Carleton Community High School came 1st with a staggering £38200 profit.
Congratulations to our Year 10's Olivia Hardwick, Hamid Ayatollahzadeh, Charlotte Riley and Amy Haigh and Year 9 James Barr for being awarded a bronze certificate in the national Biology Challenge competition!
This means they were in the top 15% nationally out of around 10,000 year 9 and 10 students! Well done.
Leeds University STEM Fair
Fifteen keen scientists from year 7 and 8 represented the school at Leeds University STEM fair on Tuesday. They took part in Biology, Chemistry and Physics activities run by PhD students including identifying bones, observing the relationship between bees and plants, making nylon and even handling hearts and brains!
The pupils were very well behaved and had lots of intelligent questions and answers. Well done!"
Science Department Rewards Trip
On Thursday 20th March 2014 Miss Woollin & Mrs Simpson took 11 of our Year 8 students to Kings School for a CSI day.
The whole day was fascinating. The gentleman leading the day was called Jon Bates and had formally worked in Forensics on some infamous cases.
The students got dressed up in the forensic gear or "onesie" as it is now known! The various activities included, looking at the crime scene and the clues that had been left, blood splatting, hand writing samples were compared, an experiment to decide which pen was used to write a note, pieces of a broken tail light were put together like a jigsaw and footprints were looked at. All the evidence that was collected, then led to a court case, that was acted out by various students from Kings, QEGS and ourselves, Laura Sykes being one of the accused and Kenzi Scott being the judge!
Three of the group, Louise, Emma and Laura, were judged by Jon to have dusted down and lifted the best fingerprints!
Year 11 DNA and Gel Electrophoresis Workshop
As part of National Science and Engineering Week the University of Leeds visited our Science department on the 18th of March to deliver a workshop on DNA and gel electrophoresis to our year 11 Separate Scientists. Students had the opportunity to get hands on experience of using the specialist equipment used to analyse DNA samples and learnt a lot about this application of Science. Both I and Ms Naccerati of the University of Leeds were very impressed by the groups behaviour and attitude to their learning - they were excellent representatives of the school! Miss Egan.
Science and ADT Crossover Work
Brilliant biologists in year 7 created an amazing art, design and science crossover this week in their lesson. They had to design a system that could classify any living thing on Earth! The best piece, as voted by Mr Gregson and Mrs Hannon, was done by Helen Willoughby and Rosie O'Mullane. Well done to the class and well done to the two winners!
Year 9 Science Taster.
Today some of our year 9 students experienced what the Triple Science course would be like. They were asked to develop a glue, using different bases to neutralise it and then test which base made the best glue.
Everyone worked really hard and I hope they enjoyed the taste of what science at KS4 can be like.
The Solar System.
The project set for the Year 8's Science homework last term was to study "The Solar System". Students were told they could "think outside the box" and homework did not necessarily need to be a Powerpoint Presentation or a poster. Here are a selection of the amazing pieces of homework handed in showing their understanding of "The Solar System".
National Science and Engineering Week (15 - 24 March 2013)
This week is National Science and Engineering Week. If you want to find out more about it and download some activities then go to the website
A quiz is attached if you want to have a go and find out if you are the next Einstein.....
Some pupils will be doing this quiz in form time this week at school so the answer sheet and mark scheme will be posted on the site later.
Year 9 Stage Shows in Science.
Mrs. Wilson's year 9 classes have been making model theatre stages in science to show off their understanding of colour. The groups had to design a stage and put on a 'fashion show' with different outfits. They then had to describe what colour the outfits would look in different coloured light. As you can see they produced some wonderful work and the activity provided lots of cross-curricular links with art, design and drama.