Pupils will learn about radiation, focusing on the different types of radioactive sources and how they can be used in nuclear fission and fusion reactors. This will be shown through a series of demonstrations and activities which explore how we can detect different types of radiation. We will also discover the radiation that is all around us.
Pupils will build their own solar cells from raspberries which will be capable of producing electrical energy from sunlight and will discuss how this relates to photosynthesis within a plant cell.
Pupils will learn about food webs and how some organisms within the web provide ecosystem services (e.g. bees pollinating plants, etc.). There will be two hands-on activities. In the first, pupils will dissect owl pellets to investigate what small animals the owl has been eating by looking for their bones within the pellet. They will then construct their own food web of the organisms they find. In the second activity, pupils will make their own “bee hotels” out of wood and recycled materials, which can be placed outside as a place for bees and other pollinators to live inside.
Pupils will dissect an Atlantic mackerel to discover how they are adapted sufficiently to hunt and survive in the open oceans. We will go through the external and internal adaptation of the Atlantic mackerel that away it to exploit its niche.
Pupils will learn about amino acids and protein structure, they will develop their understanding of protein structure by modelling proteins on wire and manipulating them based on the interactions of the side groups. They will also learn about the role of proteins in the body and where we get them, to demonstrate this they will use a biuret solution to test foods for proteins.