On Monday afternoon, our Year 9, 10 and 11 GCSE Animal Care students were enthralled by the tales of a former zoo keeper and now charity worker; Sami Shaw of Groundwork UK spoke to our students about the highs and lows of a career working with animals. Thanks to Miss Fairhurst for hosting this virtual talk.
On Tuesday after school, Sharples Primary STEM Club visited our Science Labs to carry out flame tests. The Year 5 pupils practised the key scientific skills of using Bunsen Burners to identify unknown substances with Miss Booth and Mr Davies. The pupils had a great time and worked really well, we look forward to welcoming them back at the end of next term!
Literacy in Science – Latin Binomial
This week in Biology, Year 11 have been learning about the scientific naming of species with Mrs Heaton where each species receives a Latin name of two parts (bi-nomial), the first indicating the species and the second the specific characteristic.
Black History Month
This month is Black History Month and the Science team have been running a creative bunting competition for our younger students to celebrate the contributions of Black Scientists throughout history. See below for some of the fantastic entries so far, prizes to be announced after half-term! Please click the link for more information about Black History Month: https://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/
After school on Tuesday, our older students celebrated with popcorn while enjoying a screening of Hidden Figures, in association with Maths, following the Women in Space theme of World Space Week. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial lines and inspired generations. Please click the link to watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8xHq6dfAo
Do Try This at Home!
Finally, from all of the Science at Sharples team, we hope you have a great half-term break, and if you are looking for something engaging and educational “Do Try This at Home” is a series of fun Science experiments with short demonstration videos and simple, step-by-step instructions that can be carried out using only household objects: https://www.iop.org/explore-physics/at-home#gref
Mr J. Harding – Science Enrichment Coordinator