Year 10 Science Summer Work

To ensure year 10 are ready for the demands of year 11 the Science department has prepared some materials to be completed by all year 10’s over summer. All the questions need to completed and marked for the first science lesson next term. All pupils will be given a paper copy of the booklet but if you lose it you can download it by following this link.

Summer Booklet Download

The answers will be available to download from the school website on the 24th of August.

Have a good summer! 




Eureka visit

On Tuesday 3rd June 7W1 and 7W2 visited Eureka Science Museum in Halifax. Students attended a session run by Eureka staff on the Science of Sport and visited a range of exhibitions including ‘All about me’ and ‘Living and working together’.

In the ‘All about me’ exhibition students explored ideas around how the body works and completed an all about me passport. In the ‘Living and working together’ exhibition students had the opportunity to role-play the world of work by being bank managers, shop assistants, postal workers and mechanics.

A great day had by all.

Miss Jones and Miss Hetherington

Year 12 Biology Trip

Year 12 BiologistsOn Wednesday the Year 12 Biologists visited the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences at UCLan. They started the day 'in the lab' using differential centrifugation to separate chloroplasts from the other components of plant cells. They were then shown the transmission and scanning electron microscopes by Dr Tapas Sen who is a world leading researcher in the field of nanoscience! The students learnt about how the microscopes work and their uses. As usual, the students were a credit to their families and SMCC with their enthusiastic approach and exemplary behaviour. A big thank you to Dr Judith Smith for being our host for the third year running.

Mrs Burrough
(Head of Biology)

Wonderful Week - Hothersall Lodge

Hothersall Lodge trip
The Year 12 Biologists have returned from their residential at Hothersall Lodge, Longridge with a healthy outdoor glow. They have spent the past 3 days using a number of different methods to obtain quantitative data ‘out in the field’ – the kick-sampling method to collect invertebrates and study the quality of water; the mark-release-recapture technique to estimate the snail population in a pond; random sampling with quadrats; and carrying out a line transect to investigate how altitude affects the growth of Soft Thrush– in order to investigate the number and distribution of various organisms. The students spent Tuesday walking to the top of Parlick and Fair Snape Fell (and back down again) in order to carry out their field work.The students have worked incredibly hard and made a fantastic start to their A2 course. They were a credit to SMCC as usual and will now join the rest of Year 12 for the remainder of the week.

Mrs Burrough & Mr Sergeant