It's Science Week

It's Science Week
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This week has been a very busy and exciting week for our children as we have been celebrating British Science Week. We have had a myriad of activities ranging from... Read on.

Mr Andy Baker, Head of Science


Nursery Are Equine Vets

Brookham Nursery visit from equine vet

To develop their understanding of Science in the world around them, Bear Cubs had a very exciting visitor at Forest School this week. Shortly after they arrived at Brookham Woods, a miniature Shetland pony called Noodle appeared, accompanied by Mrs Pearce, a vet from the Liphook Equine Hospital and his owner from Pony Pals Therapy Team. The visit was a wonderful opportunity for the nursery children to meet someone who has one of the many Science based jobs in our community. Standing only about a metre tall, Noodle was the perfect size for the children to meet and they thoroughly enjoyed stroking and getting to know him. The children had the opportunity to groom him using brushes and combs for his mane and tail and took turns walking him around Forest School. They were also shown by Mrs. Pearce how to use a stethoscope to listen to their own heartbeats, and then to Noodle’s heartbeat. They discovered that his heartbeat was much slower than their own!

Mrs Samantha Forster, Head of Nursery

Reception Check Their Teeth

Brookham Reception class visited by dentist

Reception were totally inspired by a visit from Dr Horn, the dentist, this week. They listened in awe as they learnt plenty of new facts including the fact that teeth are the only part of our body that is unable to heal itself. They enjoyed sharing their family secrets about which relative had had fillings or lost teeth! Dr Horn laid out some food items such as Fanta, grapes and yoghurt and challenged the children to guess how much sugar each item contained. The answered surprised us all and left us wondering just how healthy eating grapes really is for our teeth. The children then became dentists themselves as they kitted themselves out with masks and gloves and tried out all the apparatus on model sets of teeth. There was plenty of role-play as children attempted to pull out patients’ teeth, help suction their mouths and administer fillings.

Mrs Olivia Shepherd, Reception Class Teacher

Year 1 Explore The Wonder Dome

Year 1 visit the planetarium

Year 1 traveled millions of miles across space when they took a trip across the solar system. The excitement when they saw the inflatable 'Wonder Dome' was evident on their faces and they remained transfixed for the whole session. The children experienced the deafening sound of a rocket launch and watched in awe as it travelled at a speed of 7 miles a second. After looking at and discussing the different planets the session was brought to a close by watching a space shuttle glide back to earth. The Year 1 children were delighted to hear that planet earth is in the 'Goldilocks Zone', neither too hot nor too cold which they decided is preferable to living on the extremely hot planets of Venus and Mercury. I wonder if we have any budding astronauts amongst us?

Mrs Georgie Hunter, Head of Year 1

Year 2 Become Forensic Scientists

Brookham Year 2 become forensic scientists

Year 2 entered the 'CRIME SCENE KEEP OUT' room in anticipation but were soon relieved to find out that no crime had actually been committed in Bluebell Room. Mrs King, wearing her personal protective equipment, showed us some fascinating slides of her daily activities collecting and analysing evidence for the Metropolitan Police as a forensic scientist. We were able to see how footprints could be detected, printed our finger prints to see what type of pattern we have and were even given our own mouth swaps to show how DNA could be collected. The children where fascinated and it is not surprising that they asked some thoughtful and insightful questions. Most children concluded they would work hard in Maths and Science so that they could have the opportunity to choose this career.

Mrs Kerri Wilkes, Head of Year 2

Year 3 Learn To Code

Brookham Year 3 learn to code.

With the knowledge that one in ten STEM roles are unfilled in an increasingly technological world, they were astonished and enthused to learn that Computer Game Design is an actual job! You might have heard a pin drop in the early minutes of their Coding Workshop with Mrs Grist... but then the noise started as music was selected, various avatars began to dance, floss, dab and jump around screens as the junior coders met challenge after challenge and progressed to more complex levels of coding. They found that to successfully direct their avatar, they needed to constantly test and modify their coding instructions to achieve the optimum outcome. Since the workshop, there have been several occasions where coding has surpassed their current obsession with times tables! On the back of the success, we are going to start a coding club next term - the future seems to be in good hands.

Miss Sophie Delacombe, Year 3 Class Teacher

Year 4 Bubble Up Baking Powder

Highfield Year 4 make baking powder rockets

After an exciting assembly of rocket launching, Year 4 were revved up and excited to launch their own rockets in their Science lesson.  In groups, the children started by creating their own rocket names, before colouring and creating the fins and the cone of the rocket. Attaching these to a film canister ("A what?" says Year 4), the rockets were ready. They headed outside with the expectation of their rockets soaring into space. Year 4 lined up at a safe distance away ready, whilst the foolhardy Mrs Peerless and Mrs Fletcher took to the launching station. A fabulous concoction of baking powder, water and a vigorous shake, the rockets were ready to go... 3, 2, 1... blast off! Despite a few false starts, blast off they did, covering Mrs P and Mrs F in soggy baking powder as they did so. Soaring into the sky, Year 4 were delighted to see two of the rockets disappear onto the roof and one soar all the way over!

Mrs Charlie Peerless, Year 4 Class Teacher

Year 5 Are Rocket Scientists

Highfield Year 5 become rocket scientists

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," was the take home message for Year 5 this week. They had an extra special Science lesson designing water rockets. In different groups, the children were  each given different variables to test - the shape and size of nose cones, fins, size of the bottles and amounts of water. The children really thought about their designs and how they could impact their rocket's flight. The one thing they couldn't control was the 40mph winds which were whipping up outside. After several attempts the rockets did finally take off to the sounds of cheers and applause from all the children. This video evidences the dedication from the Science department.

Mr Dan Bather, Science Teacher

Year 6 Hunt For Fossils

Highfield Year 6 dig for fossils

The sand pit was turned into the wild lands of the Arizona desert to allow children to have the chance to become budding palaeontologists and excavate the hidden dinosaur skeletons and fossils hidden under the sand. In order to do this they were issued with a quadrat and a trowel. To a musical accompaniment of the theme tune from Jurassic Park and even the 80's classic ‘Walk the Dinosaur’ the intrepid fossil hunters then chose an area of the ‘desert’ to survey, placed their quadrat down and carefully began digging. Once they had located the signs of a buried Stegosaurus, Diplodocus or even Tyrannosaurus Rex, they carefully dug it out and took it into the Biology lab for analysis. In the lab they were able to make a plaster cast mould of their find using Calcium Sulfate (Editor’s note: much to my horror Sulfur is spelt with an ‘f’ nowadays not ‘ph’!).

Mr Andy Baker, Head of Science

Year 7 Float And Sink

Highfield Year 7 make divers

There is no better way for the children to learn than to see Science in action first hand. Year 7 spent their lesson learning about density and how it relates to floating and sinking. To demonstrate this they made their very own Cartesian divers using pipettes, a nut (as in nut and bolt not macadamia) and a 2 litre bottle. It was great to see the looks of surprise and amazement as the ‘diver’ sunk to the bottom of the bottle as it was squeezed and rose back to the top as the bottle was released. Just to remind the children that school isn’t all about fun they were asked to carefully document each stage of the experiment as their prep was to write about the experiment and to explain the science behind what they had seen during the lesson.

Mr Peter Hesselmann, Science Teacher

Year 8 Reach For The Stars

Highfield Year 8 visit planetarium

We were lucky enough to have a visit from 'Wonder Dome' an inflatable planetarium this week. This brought the wonders of the Solar System to our very own Sports Hall. Year 8, along with their peers in the other year groups, had the opportunity to take a virtual 3D tour of the Solar System. Once inside, the roof of the dome was turned into a huge immersive cinema and the children had the chance to blast off in a space shuttle for a trip past the planets to the Oort Cloud way beyond Neptune. Along the way pupils encountered the largest Volcano in the Solar System ‘Mons Olympus’ on Mars, the highest winds ever of 1500mph on Neptune and Mercury which has a day longer than its year, along with asteroids and comets. After 400 million miles of space travel they descended back to Earth for a safe landing.

Mr Andy Baker, Head of Science

Highfield House Points

Good Marks (Years 4, 5 & 6)

Minty Delliere 38 • Dougie Hogg 23 • Peter Zhesterov 18 • Queena Gu 18 • Maximus Fiennes 17 • Caspar Harriss 17

Trafalgar 14.4 • Agincourt 14 • Waterloo 12.7

Plus Marks (Year 4, 5 & 6)

Imogen Knight 57 • Eliza Palmer 57 • Poppy Reid 54 • Maximus Fiennes 50 • Destiny Williams 47 • Roxy Rogers 41

Agincourt 48.7 • Trafalgar 43.7 • Waterloo 43.6

Merit Marks (Years 7 and 8)

 Georgie Manning 50 • Lucy Salusbury 45 • Sonia Yaroslavska 38

Agincourt 8.2 • Trafalgar 6.9 • Waterloo 5.8

Brookham House Points

  Ash 257 • Willow 251 • Oak 225

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