On Tuesday 12th June we saw the return of our annual ‘Science and Technology Day’ (previously known as Rocket Day) for our local primary schools.
We were delighted to welcome to our school ninety-four Year 4 pupils and they took part in a variety of exciting activities. Pupils were divided into two groups for the activities. The technology activity involved making their own wooden rockets to later launch on the field from our own ‘rocket launcher’ and find out which would fly the furthest and highest. In the Science department they had to design and create a miniature raft using a variety of objects provided to find out which would not only float but move across water. The pupils were able to test their rafts out in one of our padding pools before making any final improvements. It was then time to take to the waters of our swimming pool and race them across to the other side. The Year 4 pupils were supported throughout the day by our pupil ambassadors who did a wonderful job.
Year 9 pupils were investigating density in their Science lessons by creating a density ladder (a column of different liquids that are stacked according to their density – the most dense is at the bottom, with the least dense floating on top)
They further investigated the density of solids by floating paper clips, Lego bricks and Lego people in the container to compare the liquids and investigate how the objects’ density compared with the liquids. One pupil noticed the bricks ended up head first as they were air heads, which is technically true as their heads are less dense. Later they were looking at how different fizzy drinks cans have different density based on their sugar content.
Staff recently gave up their Sunday to take fifty pupils to the Harry Potter Studios near London. It was a wonderful day out for both staff and pupils, who all enjoyed the magic and mystery of how the films were made. It was commented by a number of other visitors how well behaved and polite our pupils were throughout the day.