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 8 Set fire to food

Year 8  spent the morning burning food to calculate the energy content. We found that a piece of rice cake had far less energy in than the packet said! We think this is because are experiment wasn’t that accurate and lots of the energy was lost as heat in the surrounding air. It was fun though, we filled the lab with cooking smells (and burning smells) just before lunch.



Next lesson we tested food to see if it starch in in. We used iodine, which turns starch  black. We all guessed there would be starch in rice and bread, but some students were surprised to find starch in carrot and cucumber skin, and none at all in peaches, milk, cheese or grapes.


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We too are Iron Men

and women.

Year 8 used an easier route to Iron Man status. We used an extra strong magnet to extract the iron from cornflakes. Having crushed and dissolved the cornflakes in hot water in a ziplock bag (with no major spills this year, no mean feat!) we dragged a magnet over the top and saw a little trail of iron following the magnet like tadpoles….

A-MAZ-ING. You eat iron every time you have your cornflakes. It’s good for your blood as it helps the red blood cells collect oxygen for respiration. That’s what gets the energy from your food, without which, there would be no iron men at all!

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Year 8 Cereal Killer

That was the name of one of the year 8’s cereals presented this week for judging. The brief was to design a healthy tasty and good looking cereal and they came up trumps! Thank you to parents for supporting this extra homework and to the kitchen staff for judging. Here we are with are cereals!

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Year 8 have food for thought

Year 8 are starting a topic on Life Processes. We learned a mnemonic to help us remember the seven nutrient groups – McDonalds Fast Food Will Virtually Constipate People, which stands for Mineral, Fat, Fibre, Water, Vitamins, Carbohydrates and Protein. The question is are we getting a balance of all of these and not too much fat sugar and salt?

We played a game called Food for Thought, a card game invented by Mrs Angell to learn which foods give us which nutrients. Its a bit like Happy Families (some Year 8s admitted to never having  played Happy Families! – alas their education is wanting) where you have to collect one of each food group. Here is Patrick puzzling over how to categorise his card, and Gracie and Gina preparing for the next round. And their task for Wednesday – make a healthy, appealing and tasty cereal and bring it in to school…IMG_1002 IMG_1001