Life on Earth Challenge

This afternoon year 8 have been busy trying to break last year’s record for the most species of living organisms brought into school in one morning.

Any living thing, or part of one, was allowed and we saw lots of variety including various fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, a pet dog, mouse organs and many different insects and arthropods. With a final dash out to the playground for some last minute additions, we managed an admirable total of 198 different organisms. This meant that they just beat last year’s total but are still a way off the Stoneygate record of 532 set in 2013. The kingdom of each organism was identified and then they were all classified further depending on some of their key features.



Zippy the cat visits Year 4

Finally Zippy the cat made it into school. Previously impeded by pre-Christmas snow he made his appearance this week,  to have his teeth studied and his eating habits investigated by Year 4 to conclude their topic on Teeth and Eating. He was a bit nervous at first and 4DS only managed to watch him lick  his bit of chicken tentatively, but by the time 4FJ arrived he was devouring it eagerly and wandering nonchalantly around the lab saying hello to everyone.

Here we are with Molly, his owner.

Bunsen Burners on!

Year 6 were delighted to kick off the new term by getting to light their own Bunsen burners and heat up some water to boiling. Goggles on everyone! Here are Garv, Charlie and Tom recording the temperature of their ever rising water temperature. We found that, despite Mrs Angell offering a thousand pounds to anyone who could get their thermometer up to the very top, we just couldn’t make water go higher than 100C. Phew!