Year 9, who have started their GCSE curriculum, have been carrying out their first required practicals this term. Required practicals have been placed into the syllabus to replace controlled assessments, and pupils need to be prepared for these in their GCSE exams.
The first practical is Microscopy; pupils have to learn how to set up microscope slides and ensure they know how to use a microscope in order to calculate magnification.
Pupils in Year 9 have also investigated the effects of diffusion in Science this term. They added water to Skittles and watched how the colours diffused through the petri dish. They also investigated how the temperature of the water affected the rate of diffusion.
Everyone enjoyed the hands-on approach to learning in these practical lessons.