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British Science Week 2021

. British Science Week 2021 runs from this Friday, to Sunday 14th March and is a celebration of all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with the theme of "Innovating for the Future." The website britishscienceweek.org has a wealth of resources and ideas...

Searching for Life on Mars

On 18th February NASA landed Perseverance, a rover, on Mars to explore the terrain around the landing site and search for signs that there may have been life on the Red Planet in the past. That may not sound like much, but consider these facts: The car-sized rover was...

Seeing Stars?

As the world constantly changes, improves andย  evolves, there are some organisations who keep track of the impact we are having on Earth and the environment.ย  One of these is CPRE, which coordinates a Star Count each year to help measure the amount of light pollution...

A century of change

Last week the news was full of tributes to Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died at the age of 100. This time last year, the country hadn't heard of the man who has been called "an inspiration" by many, but after he decided to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th...

Free Science

For those of you who have access to Facebook, you may be interested in Free science shows which happen every weekend. Just search for Theatre of Science. Until next time, keep calm and apply some Science.  

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 -...