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23rd March 2018

It was an informative and interactive day for our KS4 science students who are interested in finding out more about degrees and careers in science. This unique opportunity helped them to find out more about a range of scientific degree fields and careers.

In the careers session delivered by Dr. Emily Jones, they explored different science fields which was a chance to discover more about the possible range of careers available for them. A steady flow of questions and answers  fostered an engaging atmosphere within the session.

This event  also gave them an insight into what an undergraduate level of study in these disciplines might be like.

Hands–on activities in one of the undergraduate laboratories was next. To explain simple acid-base reactions, bath bombs were made, demonstrating the uses of science in the everyday world.

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9th March 2018

Students at the Northern House School Wokingham learn important anatomy lessons during lungs/ heart dissection.

Did you ever know that much of a pig’s anatomy is similar to human anatomy? This is one of the reasons that many science classrooms dissect pigs. KS4 students were able to witness first-hand the similarities between pig and human anatomy.

There are several other reasons why we used pigs for dissection :

• Dissection is a hands-on way of learning anatomy. For many learners, this type of learning is better than textbook learning.
• Dissection allows students to see the body’s structures in three dimensions (unlike in a textbook) and how the organ systems are interconnected.
• One of the human body organs that is very similar to a pig’s is the heart. A pig heart and a human heart are similar in their size, structure, and function. Like a human heart, the pig heart has two atriums and two ventricles. It also has four valves and an aorta. 

In this practical , students were able to gain a greater understanding of the human heart through understanding a pig’s heart.

KS4 students:
1. Located the major organs and structural features of the pigs respiratory system.
2. Described the functions of these organs.

3. Noticed the difference in the colour, structure, and thickness of the walls
of the right atrium and the right ventricle of the pig’s heart.

The emphasis on hands-on learning was important to develop students’ confidence, accuracy, and efficiency in completing the science laboratory skills they needed to master .
We believe that with careful scientific exploration of animals who were treated in humane ways, we can learn and teach our students to be greater stewards of the environment, and especially toward the species they just learned about.

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8th March 2018

Northern House School Wokingham took part in the Annual British Science Week celebration 2018

British Science Week

Promoted by the British Science Association, the annual British Science Week aims to celebrate all sciences and their importance in our everyday lives. It provides an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology events and activities.

Our students took part in 5 different workshops organised by the Science Department with the help of the British Science Society and Science Wizards from London. With this year’s theme being “exploration and discovery”, we’ve hand-picked some out-of-class activities that were truly enjoyed by students and staff.

The content of science as we sometime think of it, is a record of man’s accomplishment. It is a kind of history of what man has achieved. It’s major value lies in that we can use it to improve man’s thought and action in the future.

All future scientists are in our school labs  now! What a fun way to engage and inspire them today!

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