Monthly Archives: March 2018

Science Week Finale

Gillian Gehring from The University of Sheffield came in to school to teach us about temperature. She did lots of demonstrations of how cooling gas to less than -200 degrees turned it into a liquid. It was amazing!


She cooled some daffodil heads which we then crushed. They were very brittle.

Gillian cooled the gas in a ballon downing the liquid nitrogen. The ballon was deflated as the air turned into a liquid which gathered at the bottom. As it warmed up again, the balloon was again inflated.


Gillian used the pressure of the nitrogen turning into a gas to inflate a balloon.

Finally, Gillian had a bucket of soapy water which she poured the remains of the nitrogen on. Just look what happened!

Fish and Flies in Medical Research

To start British Science Week off in Y6, Iwan and Emily from Sheffield University came to tell us about their work in the field of biomedical research. They explained to us  how studying fish and flies is helping people to develop medical techniques for humans! They brought in fish and flies for us to look at and taught us about how their genes are very similar to those of a human. We used basic gene codes to draw mutant fish and flies. Some of our creations are below.

Learning about Ophthalmology

On Tuesday last week, Eammon’s mum came to teach us all about the eye and also about her job as an ophthalmologist. She explained why some people have problems with their eyes and explained some of the ways different glasses or surgery can help to correct the problem.

The some children were able to dress up as surgeons!


Learning about Evolution

We started our lesson on Wednesday by taking part in a fury caterpillar hunt!

The fury caterpillar hunt was a game which got us to think about which colours we could see clearly on the carpet and which were harder to spot. This got us thinking about camouflage and survival of the fittest. We went on to learn about the Peppered Moth and how the numbers of light and dark moths changed over time. This was because the darker moths, which had once been the most visible to the birds, were not disguised by the blackened trees and so more of their number survived to pass on their genes.

Parents, ask your children whether how long their frog survived the frog game!

Finally, we looked at different ‘beaks’  to see which were suited to which food sources.