Young Journalists from West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s tell us about exciting developments in science at their school.
Over the past two years, the West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s’ science department has been working closely with the Institute of Physics’ Stimulating Physics Network.
In doing this, science teachers have received training to improve their teaching to the highest possible standard whilst certain GCSE students have been rewarded with exciting classes in ionizing radiation, lenses and electromagnetic induction.
In 2013, a group of students attended Extreme Physics at Rugby School and will attend the event again this month. The aim of Extreme Physics is to inspire our Year 10 students to study physics beyond GCSE level. This is achieved by students attending a three-day residential course. Various opportunities are given to the attendees from practical activities, such as modelling exoplanets to scale, calculating Alien mass and making trebuchets, to listening to short lectures by influential speakers on a variety of Extreme Physics topics.
Selina Payandee, one of the students who attended the event, said: “We all had such a great time and are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved with the project.”
As well as Extreme Physics, a group of four Year 11 GCSE Physics students attended the Girls in Physics event at The Priory Academy LSST in Lincoln. Here, the students were given the opportunity to meet female scientists working in the British Space Industry. They also completed A Level physics calculations and competed against girls from other schools to construct a model to produce the best heat retardant rocket.
With all of these advances in Physics at the academy, the number of students preparing to study the subject at an advanced level in further education has risen since previous years.
Mrs Sharp, Curriculum Team Leader of Science at the academy, said: “By working in collaboration with Helen Pollard and the Institute of Physics as a Supporting Teaching Physics partnership academy, we are bucking all national trends for students moving on from Triple Science to Advanced Physics.
“I am very proud of my dedicated students who have all found their element in Physics!”