Successful Science Day
Junior School children enjoyed an action packed, Olympic-themed day where the timetable was dedicated entirely to Science. Five-time Olympic equestrienne Mary King, kick-started the day with a fascinating assembly based on her experiences as a three-day eventer, even allowing the children to hold her Silver and Bronze Olympic medals.
With the scene suitably set, the children embarked on a wide variety of activities. Healthy eating studies were conducted, dry ice was used to make delicious ice-creams, models were made to illustrate the circulatory system and challenges were set to devise new Olympic events. On the physical side of things, fitness testing was undertaken to look at the children's strength, agility, flexibility and reaction times, and in the swimming pool, materials were tested to discover which were more streamlined and therefore more effective when racing.
The highlight for the Year 6 children however, was the visit to the Senior School Biology lab where they conducted heart and lung dissection, analysed a pig's trotter to look at the different types of tissue and the strength of tendons, and used spirometry to study lung capacity. A great day was had by all!