French trip- Day 1

The French trip got of to an early start, leaving school before 6am this morning. After encountering a few traffic delays, we arrived at the Le Shuttle terminal in Folkestone and once on the train it was only 35 minutes before we were in France.

Nausicaa, the biggest sealife centre in Europe, was our first port of call and we were excited to see the sharks, sea lions, penguins and stroke the sting rays.

We then arrived at the hotel where we have all enjoyed a lovely evening meal and an evening of games in the garden.

Year 7 generate their own electricity

Year 7 are coming to the end of a topic on renewable energy resources, and today we found out how generators actually work. We know that turbines drive generators to make electricity, but how?

Its all about magnets and coils of wire. Did you know that if you move  a magnet near a wire you can make the electrons in the wire move – and moving electrons = electricity! So that’s what we did. We moved magnets inside coils. We tried big and small magnets, thick and thick wire, lots of coils, coils round things, bare coils… and we measured how many milliamps of electricity we could generate. The winners were  Tom, Rebecca and Izzy, with a massive (OK, modest) 0.47 milliamps of current. Here they are working on their challenge.



Year 7 are out of this world

Year 7 students dressed up as the planets in our solar system, leaned lots of facts about their planet, and presented it in assembly on Thursday. Here they are in action. Well done year 7!


Spike and Ed are joint Saturn with a hula hoop ring.


Sid, on the right is narrator and doubling up as Mars.


Jazzy is speedy Mercury , Henry is Earth, Hugo is Mars and Tom is Jupiter with his big red spot.


Bea, aptly, is little Pluto, not called a planet any more but a dwarf planet.


Rebecca goes to maths in her outfit!

Year 7 full of gas. Nothing new there then…

In science, Year 7 are investigating fossil fuels and learning about oil and natural gas production which have  developed from the remains of plants and animals living millions of years ago. We simulated gas production in the lab.   Instead of breaking down dead creatures though, we broke down some Alka seltzer tablets with water. Not quite the same, I know, but the gas bubbled up to the surface in the same way, enough to inflate a balloon. Here we are making our gas!

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Year 7 Peak with Vital Capacity

Year 7 find their vital capacity and peak flow as part of their investigation of breathing and respiration. We used graded volume bags and flow meters to find the volume of air we could fit into our lungs and how fast we could shoot it out. We compared our results to how tall we are to see if there is a link between the two.

Jamie breathing into the bag and Molly trying out the peak flow meter.

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Year 7 Arm Wrestling In Science

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Year 7 started a new topic on Life Processes. We kicked off with Movement and investigated antagonistic muscles. We used Napoleon the skeleton, and You Tube videos to see how muscles work, then investigated for ourselves.
Here they are seeing who has the strongest biceps! Tom won the arm wrestling competition in 7MH and Molly in 7TA.
Don’t get on the wrong side of them!

Y7 levitate

Y7 complete their work on magnetism by investigating a Levitron. It’s a piece of apparatus containing two very strong repelling magnets. If you balance the system exactly the spinner floats in the air. You can even pass your hand under it. It’s tricky, but we did it!

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Stoneygate School Equestrian Team

On Saturday 25th October Louise Arnold, Charlotte Wilson, Philip Wright and Jasmine Moldon-Curran travelled to Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire to compete in the 75cm show jumping class as Team Stoneygate.

It was an early start, 5am in some cases, to travel the 2 hour journey with trailers to the impressive venue. The course walk was from 7-8am and still in darkness. The class started promptly at 8 o clock and although cold was a dry day.

All the ponies were neatly plaited up and looked very smart along with their riders.

Louise went off first for us and jumped a beautiful fast round setting a great time of 24.1 seconds. Charlotte went second on a borrowed pony and although jumping clear picked up some time faults. Philip riding next went for a fast time and, unfortunately, had a pole down. Lastly Jasmine went on her new pony, only having had her for a week, and jumped a lovely clear round.

All four members and ponies did the school proud, but even Louise’s time was not quick enough to take her through to the second round.

Three of the team’s four ponies were in their 20th year with only Louise’s 7 year old bringing down the average age.

Congratulations must go to all four of them for qualifying for such a prestigious event and representing Stoneygate School.

Louise also had qualified for the 85cm class on Sunday so travelled back down the following day.

On her fantastic pony Percy she jumped clear setting a fast time. This qualified them for the afternoon’s jump off where they came 8th, a marvellous achievement. Well done Louise.

Thank you to the children and parents who supported this event.

Year 7 have a short fuse

Year 7 are learning about electricity and this week we found out about fuses;. We mimicked the action of a fuse in an overloaded circuit by making a tiny wire out of aluminium foil, setting it up in a circuit with a bulb, then creating a short circuit across the bulb. Here’s what happened!

It might not look too safe in these pictures, but a fuse is actually a safely device! It burns through and breaks the circuit, stopping a big fire somewhere else.

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