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Year 9 hands-on science for CREST awards

Horses, gravity and smoking have been under scrutiny by Year 9 who have been exploring topics of their own choice for their science Bronze CREST awards.

On Friday the girls presented the results of their considerable research to fellow pupils, teachers and an external CREST assessor who all had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions!

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

 

How does gravity affect the tides? Is it the same on other planets? Taonga, Emilia and Harriet took a detailed look at the force which affects us all

With a keen interest in matters equestrian, Ellie and Emily decided to explore aspects of selective breeding and the physiology of horses as well as the evolution of equines.

Smoking – Mia and Kitty looked at some of the science behind the effects of smoking


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More little scientist photos

Mrs Bird made a wonderful shadow puppet theatre to show how shadows are created. The children made their own shadow puppets – Jessica’s crocodile has very sharp teeth!

Year 1 demonstrators with Year 5

As reported yesterday, as part of British Science Week, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. Here are some more pictures, with captions, which show how much the children enjoyed the activities – and how much they learned!

As reported yesterday, as part of British Science Week, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. Here are some more pictures, with captions, which show how much the children enjoyed the activities – and how much they learned!

‘Sound’ tests included banging a tuning fork on jam jars containing different amounts of water to see how the sound varied

‘Touch’ had a wormery to show how worms feel the rain through the soil and a ‘feely’ test to guess materials in a bag and their properties.

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Reno having a guess what’s in the feely bag!

Drinks such as elderflower and strawberry and different sweet and crisp flavours demonstrated our sense of taste – with the children holding their noses to prove that we really do taste with our sense of smell too.

‘Sight’ included some optical illusions and spinning colours to show that white is made up from all the seven colours of the rainbow.

Year 1 helpers bringing some of the materials into the Prep Hall

The activities included a sniff test, with items from lavender to cayenne pepper to identify – and some interesting guesses too!

A prism demonstrates how you can split up white light to form a rainbow spectrum. The children were also encouraged to make their own flick books to show how the first movies were made and create their own illusions based on the work of MC Escher.

‘Sound’ experiment beating drums and other instruments to create vibrations, which in turn moved rice on cling film wrapped over a bowl.

The shadow puppet theatre was very popular. Vera has made a shadow puppet cat!

 

 


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More inspiring science

Year 1  made these  “lava lamps” using citric acid, bicarbonate of soda, oil and water. We then added colour and glitter, shook well and lit them up with a torch.  Very effective! Today is the last day of British Science Week for 2017 and HOHS has had great fun and learned a lot from the extra activities organised this week.


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British Science Week Demo Day at HOHS

As part of British Science Week, Nursery to Year 7 pupils took turns this afternoon to get a close look at a variety of exciting experiments relating to ‘change’,  demonstrated by our Head of Science Victoria Mann.  From King Kong hands to pressure changes, vacuum suction to methane bubbles, plasma ball, powdered flames and more, the children enjoyed the chance to see science in action in our senior school labs.

Yesterday and today in the mornings, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. From a sniff test to a shadow puppet theatre, sound vibrations to a wormery,  and  a ‘feely bag’ to  taste-bud tests, this was a great way to explore the science of our senses. The children were totally engaged and learned so much about how our senses work. Thank you to Mrs Bird and Year 1 for all their hard work! A  full gallery of images and more information is coming soon on the blog.


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Year 9 hands-on science for CREST awards

What have happiness, chameleons, chocolate, a zombie apocalypse and a dolphin all got in common?

Answer: they have all been under scrutiny by Year 9 who have been exploring topics of their own choice for their science Bronze CREST awards.

On Friday the girls presented the results of their considerable research to fellow pupils, teachers and an external CREST assessor who all had the opportunity to ask plenty of questions!  Look out for more detailed information about each project – coming soon on the blog.

CREST is a UK award scheme recognising success, building skills and demonstrating personal achievement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project work.

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Don’t forget to enter our science photography competition!

Inspired by British Science Week, here’s a fun challenge for our pupils of all ages to have a go at over the Easter holidays….

Your task is to take a photo of something (younger pupils can find one on the internet),  and then explain the science behind it.

Remember, science is all around us and every picture tells a scientific story!  Whether it’s the colours of the rainbow, the sounds of an instrument, the buzzing of a bee, the swimming of a fish, the opening of a flower bud, the images on your tv screen…or anything else that captures your imagination.

All entries will be displayed in school and there will be an opportunity for the winners to present their work later in the year. Winners will also receive prizes!  The deadline is Friday 15th April.

How to enter:

1. Nursery – Year 6

You can take a picture (or find one on the internet)  and either get help to make it into ONE Powerpoint slide with some words explaining the science behind it, OR just present it on an A4 piece of paper. Then give it to Mrs Johnson or email it to photo2016@hohs.onmicrospft.com

 2. Years 7-13

Take a picture and explain the science behind it, submitting your entry as TWO Powerpoint slides, one with your photograph and one with your scientific explanation. Please email it to photo2016@hohs.onmicrospft.com

Winners will be announced here after the closing date.

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Surf’s up…but without the waves!

Amy, Abbie, Ashlyn and Alisa (and Mercedes until she went back to Spain!) explored the possibility of an alternative propulsion method for a surfboard without waves, for their Bronze CREST award project.

Their idea was to utilise an eco-friendly liquid reaction – and their experiments with a shaken up fizzy drink bottle certainly gave cause for optimism, albeit on a small scale!

Topics they researched as part of the project included wave action, friction, gravity, the moon’s effect on waves and a range of other topics, with the findings attractively showcased on a pop-up display.

Amy commented that the CREST award was enjoyable because, “it gives you a chance to think about science in a very broad way”. The girls also said they had very much enjoyed working as a team.

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