Year 9 Science Taster.
Today some of our year 9 students experienced what the Triple Science course would be like. They were asked to develop a glue, using different bases to neutralise it and then test which base made the best glue.
Everyone worked really hard and I hope they enjoyed the taste of what science at KS4 can be like.
The Solar System.
The project set for the Year 8's Science homework last term was to study "The Solar System". Students were told they could "think outside the box" and homework did not necessarily need to be a Powerpoint Presentation or a poster. Here are a selection of the amazing pieces of homework handed in showing their understanding of "The Solar System".
National Science and Engineering Week (15 - 24 March 2013)
This week is National Science and Engineering Week. If you want to find out more about it and download some activities then go to the website
A quiz is attached if you want to have a go and find out if you are the next Einstein.....
Some pupils will be doing this quiz in form time this week at school so the answer sheet and mark scheme will be posted on the site later.
Year 9 Stage Shows in Science.
Mrs. Wilson's year 9 classes have been making model theatre stages in science to show off their understanding of colour. The groups had to design a stage and put on a 'fashion show' with different outfits. They then had to describe what colour the outfits would look in different coloured light. As you can see they produced some wonderful work and the activity provided lots of cross-curricular links with art, design and drama.
Year 9 Students Enthuse.
"Stop the Clock" day on Tuesday 26th February 2013 saw NPower Enthuse visit the Science Department to work with our Year 9 Students on STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.
Year 11 Physics Master-Class.
On Monday 11th February 2013 eight of our Year 11 students visited Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, who had kindly put on a Physics master-class focusing on key areas of the P2 curriculum (energy, momentum, electricity and motion).
Thank you to QEGS for hosting the event, our students got a lot out of the morning.
Year 8 Wildlife Day Preparation
On Stop the Clock day on Thursday the 13th of December 2012 Year 8 will be taking part in the Science Departments Wildlife Day! To help prepare for the day so that students can get the most from the activities we are asking them to have a think about the questions below:
1) Animals in Danger – Which animals are in danger of becoming extinct (endangered)?
2) Design a Predator – What makes an animal a good predator?
3) Extreme animals – Where on Earth would it be very hard for life to survive?
4) Biodiversity – What is it and how can we increase it on the school site?
Students will also be doing some tree planting on the day so will need to bring appropriate footwear (Wellies, walking boots etc) and a waterproof coat. This is very important.
Please contact Miss Egan with any queries.
Year 7 Science Competition
The Science department has been running a Year 7 competition to design a Safety in the Lab poster. This week was the deadline and I am pleased to announce the following:
1st place - Eleanor Eaton (NHi) - her prize is a Horrible Science Explosive Experiments Kit.
2nd place - Rhys Mitchell (RDA)
3rd place - Sophie Campbell (CWi)
Well done to these three students and to all who entered! There were lots of excellent entries!
Field Trip to Flamborough
On Thursday the 5th of July the Science and Geography Departments ran a joint trip to Flamborough looking at coastal ecology and geology. The trip was an enormous success with learners having a great time and engaging well with all of the activities. The behaviour of learners on the trip was excellent and they proved themselves to be fantastic representatives of the school!
National Coal Mining Museum.
On Thursday 17th May the Year 10 OCR Science Group visited the National Coal Mining Museum at Caphouse Colliery to look at the environmental impact of mining on water pollution. They collected samples from five different points along the water treatment process and carried out tests for temperature, pH, turbidity and most importantly the iron content of the water.
After the lab work they finished the day with a tour of the the mine
Waving Jelly Babies??
A box of Jelly Babies appearing in a classroom just before Christmas doesn't usually bring to mind a science project but for one Year 10 Physics class this was definitely the case, as they made a Jelly Baby Wave Machine.
This is a model that provides a simple but effective wave machine (see slideshow). The model can be used to illustrate transverse wave motion in a visual and engaging manner.
The class loved the experiment! They built it from scratch and made one that was 5m long.
Stop the clock day November 2011
As part of our stop the clock day there was a Science activity with Year 8 learners. All the year group had a one hour session with Minster Bird of Prey Centre. This involved looking at how the birds were adapted to be exceptional predators.
Year 7 Science Competition
All new Year 7 learners were invited to enter a Science competition - it was to design a Safety in the Lab poster for display in our science labs.
The winning entries were
1st - James Barr
2nd - James Westmoreland
3rd - Emily Martin
4th - Vinnie Smith
Here are their posters in order.
Image of Sy Liebergot, Flight Controller for Apollo missions 8-15, Skylab and early shuttle flights. He was in charge when the major incident on Apollo 13 took place. He was the voice that said
Gene Kranz: EECOM, is this an instrumentation problem, or are we looking at real power loss here?
Sy Liebergot: It's, it's reading a quadruple failure - that can't happen! It's, it's got to be instrumentation.
Sy told us that he is still reminded of that comment 40 years on!
He was interviewed by three pupils of Year 11 as part of the BTEC Media programme. and recounted his experiences throughout his 25 years working for NASA. Sy continues to add to our impressive list of Lunar Astronauts and key members of the Ground Staff who played a key part in journeys to the moon and other space exploration.
Sky is shown meeting Alex James James Marris and Jonathan Boyle
Year 7 trip to Fairburn Ings -
The trip went really well with every learner really making the school proud due to the outstanding way they conducted themselves. Everyone really enjoyed the day and gained a lot from use of both the facilities and the expertise of the staff at Fairburn. A big thank you from Miss Egan to all of the staff involved and to the learners for making the day such a success!
Photos to follow
Science Department Trip to Futuroscope, France
The Year 8 and 9 learners who came with us to France all had a fantastic time and were very good ambassadors for the school whilst we were away. The park was very educational as well as a lot of fun, and the learners gained a lot from the experience - including practising their French which they were very proud of! A big thank you from Miss Egan to all of the staff involved and to the learners who made it an extremely entertaining weekend away!
Year 6 Transition Programme
Over the last three weeks Mrs. Wilson (science teacher) and Mr. Taylor (science technician) have delivered the science transition programme to all of our year 6 learners.
This year the transition activity was a murder mystery – where learners had to analyse some evidence that a forensic team had collected from a crime scene and then come up with a theory of who they thought the culprit was based on their evidence.
Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Taylor have visited local primary schools (Cobblers Lane, De-Lacy, Darrington and Badsworth) while other schools (The Rookeries and Carleton Park) came here to work in our science laboratories.
We also invited all the learners from our 14 other feeder schools to Carleton Community High School last Friday (8th July). Most of these learners were the only ones from their primary school coming to CCHS so we felt it was important that they had the opportunity to complete the science activity as well as getting to know more people who were in a similar situation to them. We completed the science activity in the morning and then spent the afternoon taking part in some team games and tasks to help the learners get to know one-and-other a bit better. All the learners were excellent throughout the day, we had some wonderfully creative ideas in the bridge building task, some excellent scores in the quiz and a lot of fun playing ‘people bingo’. At the end of the day team ‘Dragon Lords’ were victorious – but all the teams showed great team spirit!
Mr. Taylor and I were very impressed with all the year 6 learners and are looking forward to seeing them all in September.
Year 10 Forensic Science Event
On Wednesday the 8th of June the OCR Nationals in Science, Year 10 learners, took part in a day of Forensic Science! The day involved analysing evidence from a mock murder scenario and deciding who the murderer was! This will form part of the learners OCR Nationals in Science coursework
The Science Department have been incubating eggs in the hope of hatching out chickens. As can be seen in the videos below they were very successful.
On Wednesday the 18th of May the Year 10 OCR Nationals in Science learners will be visiting the National Coal Mining Museum to conduct water sampling and testing around the water treat ment plant located there. The programme is run in conjunction with the University of Huddersfiled and forms part of the learners coursework for their Environmental Science unit. It's a fantastic opportunity for learners to experience science in the real world and gain experience of using scientific technology not available in school.
Learn more about the museum here.
On the 5th of April an Environmental Health Officer came into the Science Department to discuss the role of Environmental Health Officers with the OCR Nationals in Science Year 11 learners. They looked specifically into the role of Envrionmental Health in ensuring Food Safety across Wakefield.
National Science and Engineering Week!
From Monday 14th March - Friday 18th March 2011 during National Science and Engineering Week some of our Key Stage 3 learners took part in Communication based activities linking Science with PE and MFL. In PE learners guided blind folded learners around an obstacle courses using verbal and nonverbal communication - the course was planned out in Science lessons. In MFL learners looked at the International Alphabet, Textspeak and made speaking and listening devises - science teamed up by doing a project on Morse Code.
On Wednesday the 3rd March 2011 Year 7 took part in Space Day - a collaboration between Science and the Performing Arts Departments. This involved a day off timetable taking part in 5 different activities based around the Space theme including the following: making rockets, using the Robotic Telescope at Bradford University, making models of the solar system, researching the possibility of life on other planets, a Drama workshop called "March of the Zartians" and a Dance workshop on the Big Bang and Expansion of the Universe.
The day went very well with all the Year 7 learners fully participating and enjoying the activities! A big thank you from Miss Egan to all staff involved and of course to the Year 7 learners who made the day such a pleasure to be part of!
See images below
A lady called Nicola Smith is coming in to do two workshops with the Triple Science Biologists. She is involved with the Artemisia Project which is about using plant genetics to bring more affordable malaria medicine.
The workshops will look at the application of science in the real world and for public benefit. Areas covered include infectious diseases, natural variation, genetics and drugs derived from natural substances. The session also considers the social impact of the project. This is achieved though a mixture of presentation, discussion and hands on activities including: examining Artemisia plants, plant breeding computer game and malaria medicines and counterfeits activity.
More information about the work on the project can be found at:-
A group of 32 Year 7 learners will be going to York to see a performance of 'Horrible science' - based on the very popular book series, at the Grand Opera House. This is as a reward to those Year 7 who have made that extra effort in the first few weeks at Carleton. The photos below give some idea of what they can expect to see.
Big Bang Science Fair
On Thursday the 8th of July a group of Year 7 Science Club members visited Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield to see the Yorkshire and Humberside Big Bang Science Fair. The learners showcased one of their own projects at the event.
National Coal Mining Museum
On Tuesday the 18th May 2010 15 Year 10 learners went to the National Coal Mining Museum to conduct water sampling activities throughout the water treatment plant there.
As part of their OCR Nationals in Science coursework learners collected water samples from around the site, returned to the NCM labs and tested them for iron content, turbidity, pH and oxygen content and then presented their findings. The day ended with a trip down the mine where everyone was very brave and went down in the cage!!
The learners worked brilliantly all day and got a great deal from the experience - it was a fantastic opportunity for them to see science being used in the real world.
All the learners in year 8 recently attended talks about the animals of the rain forest. Various animals were brought to school and learners had the opportunity to handle them. The pictures below show a selection of the exhibits that the learners were introduced to.
|Hissing Cockroach||Giant Millipede|
|Giant Land Snail||Tarantula in box|
Did you know there are more atoms in one mouthful of water than there are spoonfuls of water in all the world's oceans? Have you ever wondered why explosions explode outwards? Or why it feels like we're standing still, even though we're travelling around the Sun at more than 60 000 miles per hour?
Our understanding of the world around us is based on physics - if you've ever wondered why the sky's blue, the Sun's hot, or the stars twinkle, you need to look to physics for the answer.
As part of a concerted drive to ensure students feel empowered to study physics and experience the fascination that the subject inspires, the 'Ever Wondered Why?' Roadshow visited Carleton Community High School one sunny day at the end of April. The Roadshow was led by teacher David Richardson, on sabbatical from Clifton College in Bristol, who shared his love of physics with our learners from year 8 and year 10. David said: "I have an overwhelming passion to teach and to see young people learn physics. I am motivated to help them realise that physics is not dull, but that it's at the root of almost everything that makes life exciting."
David inspired the learner through live, hands-on demonstrations including 'airzookas', smoke machines, and whizzy-whirly straws, while also teaching about core physics principles, from the nature of what we are made of to the size of the universe.
“It was all loads of fun, I especially liked the air Cannon, the huge one made out of a bin was awesome. The whole thing has really made me think more about how things work” Sophie Dasnoy 8MCl.
The day was thoroughly enjoyed by learners of all ages and abilities, David was even kind enough to supply us with some excellent resources for our in school science lessons.
The 'Ever Wondered Why?' Roadshow is delivered by the Stimulating Physics Network. For more information about this, visit www.stimulatingphysics.org/overview.htm.
On Thursday the 18th March 2010 20 year 10 learners took part in a Forensic Science event held by the Science Department. For many of the learners this activity contributed to their OCR Nationals in Science qualification and other learners who had made a real effort in their GCSE science studies so far this year were also invited to take part.
The day involved analysing crime scene evidence to solve a fictional crime that had taken place in the school canteen. Learners carried out analysis of dental records, finger prints, fibre samples and put together a photo-fit of their suspect, leading to a team prize for the most successful group.
The day went fantastically with all learners getting fully involved in all activities and thoroughly enjoying the experience. They were great representative of the school, and the agency delivering the day were very impressed by them all!
Year 7 Space Day
On March the 1st 2010 CCHS held a Stop the Clock Day and the Science Department was lucky enough to be collaborating with both the Performing Arts and Art Departments on a day of activities with the whole of Year 7! The day had a Space theme with learners taking part in a variety of sessions around this theme, below are just some of the activities they took part in:
Using the Robotic Telescope at Bradford University
Building scale models of the Solar System
A Dance activity based on the sun
An Earth activity researching and presenting information about endangered species - in a later art lesson learners will design a poster which will be entered into the following national competition: http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/web/nsew/GetInvolved/ResourcesandActivities/SchoolCompetition.htm
Photos of the event can be found here
The Year 7 Space Day went extemely well with all learners fully participating and making the most of the event. Learners enjoyed the experience and worked well in their tutor group teams. A big thank-you to all staff involved and to the learners in the year group who did themselves, and Mrs Abrams, very proud!