On Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March, the Senior School Science Department organized and hosted its second Science Investigation Fair, and Excellence Exhibition. Grade levels across the Senior School division showcased their excellent work from IBDP Science Internal Investigations and Extended Essays in Grade 12 to multimedia projects in Grade 7.
We were especially excited to showcase the second SSIS Science Investigation Fair in Grade 8. For months, grade 8 students have been fine-tuning their research questions and developing their experimental method as they investigated a topic of their choice in more depth.
All participants planned their experiment, carried it out safely, analyzed their data, made appropriate conclusions and evaluated their investigations. This opportunity for students to choose the focus of their science investigation and take learning out of the classroom environment should help the students to make links between science and real world phenomena.
We were extremely excited to see our students display their Science Investigations and were astounded by the quality!
The Senior School students and science teachers will vote for the best investigations. The winners will be announced and bronze, silver and gold level prizes will be presented in a future Senior School Assembly.
Well done to all students that displayed their work at the Excellence Exhibition and especially to the grade 8 students that created outstanding Science Investigations.
We are already planning and looking forward to next years event.
The Double Helix Science Club is for young and inspiring scientists to explore science beyond our G7&8 science curriculum. It is for students that may have an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) careers and for those that just what to do more hands on experiments.
The students will look at biology from the inside out by carrying out a frog dissection, make elephant toothpaste with chemistry and reach for the stars with bicarbonate rockets in physics.
When ASP Season 2 Mondays (different from day stated in video)
Max: 20 grade 7 &8 students
Plus 2 or 3 grade 9-11 Sciecne Club Assistants
Please contact Mr. Gaynor for more information
The Senior School Science Department extends a warm welcome to all returning and new students. We hope all students are well rested over the summer holiday and are excited about another inquisitive year learning Science.
We have been busy planning lessons, experiments, after school programmes and the Science Fair for the year ahead.
If you have any questions about this academic year please contact your child’s Science teacher or Mr. Gaynor: Head of the Senior School Science Department.
The Grade 6 students visited the Senior School last week to prepare for the transition to grade 7 next year. They all had a sample science lesson where they investigated flame tests, reaction time and candy chromatography. They all enjoyed the experience and are eager to learn more.
We look forward to welcoming the grade 6 students to grade 7 Science next year! SG
It’s the time of the year for the first end of topic test. In science, students predict how well they think they will perform and then compare this prediction with their actual grade/mark. Research has shown that students can accurately predict their performance. The comparison of predicted and actual grades forms the basis of a post exam learning conversation and reflection on what the student can do to close the gaps in their knowledge.
The first test will also be used to set their personal best (PB) for the rest of the course, students will track and strive to beat their PB.
By reflecting on their learning and always striving to improve, our students are working towards excellence.
At this week’s assembly, the Science Department introduced the importance of having a growth mindset to the Senior School. The key aspects of having a growth mindset such as focusing on effort, deliberate practice, responding positively to feedback and embracing challenges were explained. In addition, the neuroscience of the brain underpinning growth mindset was also presented.
To give a more visual demonstration of a growth mindset in action, 16 volunteers from across all grade levels were invited to the stage and attempted the learn to juggle challenge. There were many different starting levels and many balls were dropped!
The students will have 7 weeks to practice and refine their juggling skills through a growth mindset approach before they return to the assembly stage to show off their newly acquired circus skills!
For the new academic year 2016/17 the science department is planning to furthe extend and enrich the curriculum for all learners. We now have a collection of popular science books for students to borrow so they can read around and beyond the curriculum. Students should speak to their science teacher if they would like to borrow any of the books on display. SG
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