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Year 11 GCSE exams

After two years of absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, GCSE exams are about to start again.  The last time a year group sat GCSE exams in school, the current Year 11s were in Year 8! Our Year 11s had their Leavers day on Friday, but they will all be back in school...

Earth Day 2022

It's been a few weeks since we posted anything here at the Left-Handed Lemon, so we decided to get back on track with a post about Earth Day 2022. The day is and international celebration of our home planet and sees events run, both in person and online, across the...

The Radium Girls

Hurworth School has combined Red Nose Day with World Book Day 2022, because last week, when it really was World Book Day, our Year 11s were sitting their mock exams and didn't need any excuses to distract them from their efforts! The Science department have picked The...

Grow your own

It's day 2 of British Science Week, so why not embrace the theme of growth and have a go at growing your own vegetables? Artichoke, beetroot, parsley and spinach can all be sewn out from seed during March, but if you fancy planting aubergine, cucumber or tender veg,...

British Science Week

Today sees the start of British Science Week, which runs until Sunday 20th March.  This year's theme is Growth. Growth is one of the 7 processes that all living things can do and requires protein from the diet to enable it. Growth itself is simply cell division by...

Women in Science

In assemblies this week, we have been looking at International Women's Day, which is on March 8th, (next Tuesday). This year's theme #breakthebias is working towards a world in which women are viewed and treated equally to their male counterparts. The world of Science...

Year 11 Revision Time!

After 2 years of no one sitting GCSEs, our Year 11 students are about to face the reality of external exams.  When we head back to school next week, after a well-deserved half term break, the Year 11s will be sitting their mock exams, which will serve them well as...

Paralysed man starts to walk again

A man whose spinal cord was severed when he was involved in a motorbike accident 5 years ago has been able to begin walking again thanks to spinal implants in some pioneering research carried out in Switzerland. As the diagram above shows, a damaged spinal cord is...

Groundbreaking Energy Breakthrough

Imagine being able to produce more than enough energy to last your whole lifetime from half a bathful of water and the amount of lithium that's in your phone battery! This is something that is thought to be possible - we've just got to find a way to do it. Nuclear...

Ice age animals found in Devon

The remains of a woolly mammoth, a woolly rhinoceros, a virtually complete wolf skeleton, and the partial remains of a hyena, horse, reindeer, mountain hare and red fox have been discovered in a cave in Devon and are thought to date to the last ice age, around 30,000...

News Round-up

January has been a busy month in the world of Science.  Here are a few of the highlights. New species of insect discovered https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-60154018 SpaceX rocket to collide with the Moon...

Disaster in paradise

On 15th January 2022, submarine volcano Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai erupted, triggering tsunami alerts across the South Pacific Ocean, with countries such as Japan and the USA (Hawaii) advising their residents to stay away from the shore and move to higher ground. The...

A new telescope to look at old stars

On Christmas Day 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope was launched from Europe's Spaceport, in French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, and has been gradually deployed: 25th December - launch & unfolding of solar array making communications possible 4th January -...

Giant creepy-crawlie found on the beach!

The fossil of one of the largest ever invertebrates to have lived has been found, by accident,  on a beach in Northumberland. The fossil is of a giant millipede, an arthropod, of the genus Arthropleura. Arthropods are invertebrates with jointed legs and a hard...

2021 Science News Round-up

As 2021 draws to a close, here at The Left-Handed Lemon, we decided it would be a good idea to look back over the past 365 days and see what has happened in the world of Science during a year that has seen most adults not only receiving their initial 2 doses of the...

Science Advent Calendar: Christmas Day

Today, 25th December marks the anniversary of a famous birth. No, not the baby Jesus.  There is no evidence that he was born in December - the Christian faith conveniently hijacked various Pagan festivals held around this time of year. The famous birth we are excited...

Science Advent Calendar: 24th December

According to the Christmas story in the Bible, the 3 wise men followed a star to find the baby Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. Over the last 2000 years, thee have been all sorts of suggestions as to what it was that they followed and now astronomers think they are...

Science Advent Calendar: 23rd December

In approximately 24 hours, Santa will take off from the North Pole and begin delivering presents, all round the world. Assuming he only visits the nice children, not the naughty ones, across the whole world, he has approximately 34 hours (added bonus of the different...