There is always lots going on in the Science department and this academic year has been no exception! Our weekly Science club has seen many Year 7 and 8 pupils developing their fascination and understanding of the subject through various activities including flame tests, coin plating and bridge building. An exciting opportunity for Year 9 pupils this year has been to complete their Discovery and Bronze CREST award based around the theme of sustainability. Successful projects involved pupils designing an app to reduce waste and a system to store energy.
In the autumn term a team of Year 9 pupils took part in a national STEM competition which involved using engineering to solve a twenty-first century problem. Ella Patel, Nadia Shah and Daisy Shaw chose to design a renewable fuel based car that would reduce carbon emissions and attempt to reverse the effects of climate change. In order to do this the pupils researched the work that is currently being produced in this field and then went on to design a prototype that functioned on solar panels.
As part of the BTEC Science Level 3 course students have visited the National Physics Laboratory as well as Kingston University Sports department to conduct tests on aerobic and anaerobic capacity, which formed part of one of the coursework modules. Building on the successes of last year we have had a record number of BTEC Science students being offered places at Russell Group universities such as Exeter, Bath, UCL and Queen Mary and for courses that include Accounting and Management, Architectural Technology, Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacology. One BTEC student successfully secured an apprenticeship with Sky Film School, a role which involves international travel to countries such as the United States.
The school’s annual STEM week was another highlight with pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 taking part in events ranging from extracting DNA, making rockets, dissections and a whole school element symbol competition. Our enthusiastic team of Year 13 subject captains played a significant role in hosting some of these as well as mentoring the Year 9 pupils at CREST club throughout the year.
Science is a thriving subject at The Heathland School with more students than ever before choosing to study Biology, Chemistry, Physics or BTEC Science. We were able to celebrate a number of students beginning degrees in medicine, dentistry and other science based courses. Sixth Form scientists also enjoyed a wide range of extra-curricular trips and visits. During the last year, visits were run to The Royal Institute, the National Physics Laboratory, the Royal Societies of Medicine and Chemistry and a Year 12 Physics residential trip to the Eurospace Centre in Brussels.