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Bringing science to life – from species to space

17th March 20

This year the Science Department went all out to celebrate British Science Week. First they helped colleagues across the school integrate science into their subjects by sharing video clips on subjects like: ‘The Art and Science of Special Effects’ for Drama and ‘Communicating science…popular science writing’ for English.

 

In the Science Department they focussed on female scientists to tie in with International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with students creating posters about female scientists they admire.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell Poster
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Poster
Jane Cooke Wright Poster
Jane Cooke Wright Poster

Explorer Dome

Year 9 were visited by Explorer Dome with their mobile planetarium. Taking up the whole of the Lower School Hall, the inflatable structure allowed groups of students to step inside and experience the night sky close up.

The show took students on a tour of our sun, solar system, galaxy and beyond and navigated through the constellations with the legends from ancient Greek mythology.

The show took students on a tour of our sun, solar system, galaxy and beyond and navigated through the constellations with the legends from ancient Greek mythology.

“It was fun and I learnt a lot of new things.” Raffie K Y9

“I liked how they explained different things about every planet and showed what they each look like.” Bella S Y9

“I really liked the way everything was projected around the dome and the facts about space.” Theo G Y9

Zoolab

Our Y8 students were treated to a visit from Zoolab who brought a menagerie of animals in to visit with their workshop on biodiversity. The workshop used animals to illustrate how animals effect and are affected by changes through habitat destruction, pesticides and illegal animal trade. They also looked at the Rainforest, and highlighted the diversity of arachnids, insects and amphibians.

Students met Bilbo the tiger snail, a hissing cockroach, Jaffa Cakes the Bearded Dragon, a Corn Snake and Matilda the tarantula, among others.

“The snail was slippery and slimy and its shell was smooth and round. The only difference it had to a normal snail was that is was rather large.” Lautaro Y8

“There was a massive cockroach, it was about the size of two of my fingers. There was also a bearded dragon which could change colour to keep its body temperature level.” Max Y8

Where Next?

School Update

Due to the Covid-19 virus, and on the advice of the UK Government and the Department of Education, the school buildings are currently closed.

Teaching and Learning are continuing – distance learning has been set up and all students and parents have been notified.

We look forward to welcoming our students back as soon as it is safe to do so.

To contact the school please email kas@kingalfred.org.uk

Applications are open via our Admissions page.

If you have any enquiries about Admissions – please email admissions@kingalfred.org.uk  

All Upper School students have been set work to complete at home. A summary of the work can be found here.