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This week pupils were mixing milk and vinegar to make a smelly plastic-like substance. It took great patience to slow mix the fresh milk with the tub of reeking vinegar! After mixing until the viscosity of the mixture appeared to increase, the pupils then placed the broth into a heat bath (tub of warm water). They had created curd (first stage in making cheese) for consumption! Sadly nobody was willing to taste the delicacy….but pupils will be back for more science next week!


Students in Year 7 have had the opportunity to learn about the Earth & its atmosphere in their science lessons. Here are some examples of fossils made by students who have been learning about the fascinating process which allows scientists to learn more about the structure of ancient living organisms, such as dinosaurs. 



Say hello to the Sharples School Chicks! We will be incubating 20 eggs with the hopes of hatching as many as possible. We have to keep the eggs at the right temperature and humidity and hopefully they will be hatching in around 3 weeks time! We will be announcing all our eggs hatching as it happens and we will be running naming competitions so as many forms as possible can pick names for our chicks. The chicks will not be a permanent addition to Sharples but we are aiming to give them the best start in life that we can, please feel free to come down to G41 and see the incubator and the chicks when they hatch.


Science Career of the Week

This week’s career is ‘Mechanical Engineer’. Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. Information about experience opportunities, providers, entry requirements and much more can be found here: Science career of the Week

Please speak to Mr. Burke, who will provide you with more information about this, or any other, science career. 


Space News

Uranus, the enigmatic ice giant, continues to astound scientists as a polar cyclone swirls over its north pole for the first time. Researchers used radio telescopes to capture direct evidence of the cyclonic storm. This revelation follows a previous spacecraft flyby that hinted at a similar storm at the planet’s south pole. By unravelling Uranus’ weather patterns, scientists deepen our understanding of the vast and diverse celestial bodies that inhabit our universe.


Scientist of the Month

Congratulations to all our fantastic Scientists of the Month and nominees!

Year 7: Bailey G and Fartun M.

Year 8: Tilly E and Zahra S.

Year 9: Aimee K, Aiden B.

Year 10: Safa A and Kevin B.

The list of Nominations can be found here.


Mr. Fowlds – Science Enrichment Coordinator