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โ€œWisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.โ€ โ€• Albert Einstein

Bird Watching

For all you avid twitchers out there, this weekend (29th - 31st January) is the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. The RSPB is asking you to sit and look at your garden for an hour, recording how many birds you see and what their different species are. ย This is an important...

A Remote Learning Machine?

A belated Happy New Year, and an apology for a gap since the last post.ย  Just like everyone else, we in the Science department have been getting to grips with the latest national lockdown and the whole new way of working, setting lessons and giving feedback -...

Is your burger a deforestation disaster?

Deforestation: a word that is used with more and more regularity; but what does it mean?The removal of wooded areas is known as deforestation. WE are not talking about just chopping down the odd tree here and there, though. Deforestation is the clearance of huge areas...

The importance of trees

Perhaps you have heard of trees being referred to as the "Lungs of the World?" Trees, like all green plants, rely on photosynthesis for their nutrition. Photosynthesis happens in the chloroplasts of the plant cells. ย The process is driven by the light every from the...

Conkers!

A staple part of any British childhood is to play a game of conkers; a game which has, in recent years, become the butt of health and safety jokes, with some primary schools putting strict safety rules in place. But what is the humble conker? The horse chestnut tree...

World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day - an annual event, which since 1988, aims to unite people around the world in raising awareness of HIV and help support people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died of AIDS-related diseases. AIDS (Acquired Immune...

It’s no Oak!

The oak tree is a very British symbol - it has been used on the "tails" side of pound coins, in a political party logo and by The National Trust as part of their branding. The oak tree belongs to the genus Quercus, of which there are around 800 different species all...

The Holly and the Ivy

Christmas is now just round the corner, you can expect to see holly used in many different decorations. With its bright red berries and sharp, prickly leaves, a holly tree makes a festive addition to any winter scene or Christmas card. Holly trees are male or female -...

5 Historical British Trees

Probably the most famous apple tree in the world is to be found in the orchard at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire. ย The manor house was the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton in 1642, however, the tree pre-dates this scientifically important event, having been planted at...

National Tree Week 2020

Today marks the start of National Tree Week, which the year runs from Saturday 28th November to Sunday 6th December an coincides with the start of the winter planting season.National Tree Week, the country's biggest celebration of trees, was established in 1975 after...

Astronauts, Giraffes and Vaccines

What has made the news in the Scientific World?There have been a lot of Scientific stories making the news in the last few weeks. Here are some of the highlights: * The hopes of the whole country for a return to some sort of normal life have been raised by two...

Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of Novemberโ€ฆIn the UK, we celebrate the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot โ€“ an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I โ€“ on 5th November. The night sky is usually lit up by the orange glow of a bonfire and myriad...

How much energy do you waste?

This week is National Energy Saving Week.โ€œWhy is that important?โ€ I hear you cry! Most of the energy that we use in our lives is in the form of electricity, which we transfer to other forms, such as heat and light to make our lives easier and more comfortable, but...

Something to listen to

Science isn't just about what you learn in your Science lessons. The KS3 and GCSE schemes of work that we teach here at Hurworth School are designed to give you a good understanding of the basics, but we can't teach absolutely everything about all aspects of the whole...

International Cooperation

The International Space Station orbits at a speed of 28,800 km/h (17,895.5 mph) at 400km (248.5 miles) above the surface of the Earth โ€“ thatโ€™s about the same distance as London is away from Darlington! The speed means that it completes an orbit in approximately 90...