Science Week

Science truly colonised Russell House during Science Week which was held just before half term.

With the theme of Exploring the Oceans, everyone from Robins to Form 7 carried out experiments of one sort or another to further their understanding. What's more, activities stretched outwards from Science and into many areas of the curriculum.

The Nursery children created a bubbly, frothy sea to make their own waves. Forms 5 and 6 researched humpback whales in English and used the knowledge they uncovered to write poems. Forms 3-5 used plastic to create some wonderful collages.

In Maths, Form 5 calculated how many plastic bottles it would take to fill the Russell Hall, and how long it would take one person to reach that number if they drank a couple of bottles of water every day. Not very long! Children carried out experiments looking at how pressure increases with depth and how far light travels through sea water. 

Our budding surgeons at the top of the school dissected fish heads in order to look more closely at the gills and gain insight into the importance of surface area in absorbing oxygen.

The children were asked to think about the plastic they use at home and how they could reduce, re-use or recycle that plastic so it does not harm the animals that live in our oceans.

During assembly, they learned some startling facts. Oceans cover 71% of the Earth's surface and contain 97% of the earth's water. They contain 99% of the living space on the planet and, to date, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean.

Over the course of the week, pupils at Russell House went a long way to learning a little of that 5% and hopefully will be inspired to independently explore areas that particularly interested them.

Games lessons also included a link to the week's theme. Forms 2 and 3 ran to the Midnight zone and Forms 4-7 completed the 10K Run to the Deep. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of Science Week, particularly to the indispensable Mr Trigger. Also to Cristian, Cameron and Nathan for their help in setting up the Run to the Deep.