A few students from KS3, KS4 and KS5 have written a snap shot about their learning in Science recently:
Jacob Borelli Year 8 Science:
Our class are learning Biology at the moment and, more accurately, the nutrients our body needs and how they affect our body. The first lesson after half term started with a BANG when we got to carry out food tests on a McDonald’s meal for the types of nutrients it contains (Proteins, Fats, Simple Sugars and Starch). After which, we had to write a report on the results of the tests and what it means: If McDonald’s is healthy or unhealthy, whether there should be a ban for children to go to McDonald’s and other matters around the subject. After the report we moved onto another practical investigation, testing for the amount of glucose and comparing different sodas. This investigation was different due to the fact that we got to plan it out ourselves. We had to note down all our independent, dependent and controlled variables. The hardest part was when we had to discover a limitation and write down a method to overcome this, my partner and I couldn’t figure this out however when we worked with others we discovered that it wasn’t that hard a question as we thought at first. We will use our results to compare diet soda drinks with sugary soda drinks and do more research.
Darcie Greenoff Y10 IGCSE Science:
It's a been good start to year 10 and my GCSE course in Science, it has been more challenging keeping up with all the new material there is to understand and remember, but challenging a good way. We get to do lots of group work in lessons and get lots of extra explanations and help to make our independent work easier to keep up with. We’ve done a few topics in Biology (Animal Nutrition and Plant Nutrition), Chemistry (Atomic Structure, Chemical Bonding) and Physics (Forces, Moments and Pressure) so far. I loved the digestion and nutrition Biology topic because it was interesting, and had lots relevant investigations which were related to the content and also to real life, so I think I will be able to take it away and use it not just for exams.
Sam Barlow Y12 Chemistry:
A level Chemistry is a tough, but an interesting subject. The topics we have covered so far have spoken to me, have made me feel confident in my passion for this subject. I have found that the source of my interest and enjoyment would be from the practicals. The practical experiments are very different to the ones at GCSE level, a sense of pressure, a need to be more accurate and precise, and handling more unstable substances makes the end result all the more satisfying. I chose Chemistry because it has always been my favourite science, the mystery behind combining different chemicals enthralls me. It was never in debate as to if I were going to take it or not. The small class sizes do not bother me in the slightest, it is more beneficial to me that I can have this close relationship with my teachers. The learning is directed easily and if I struggle, time can be given to aid me, without disrupting the flow or order of the lesson.
Isabelle Klein Y12 Biology, Physics & Chemistry:
For my A-Levels I have chosen 3 Sciences, Maths and Art. I can definitely say that doing 5 subjects at A-Level is infinitely more challenging than GCSEs. That said, my experience being an A-Level student has been quite wonderful so far. Being a science enthusiast I am really enjoying my choice of subjects, Biology and Chemistry being my favourites. I think studying the sciences presents the world in a more abstract perspective, as you study how every single particle interacts with each other in unison, only to think that these interactions between molecules cause the formation of the enigma that is life, which I personally find fascinating.