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May 2018 - School News

11th may 2018

We're pleased to announce a new partnership between Northern House Wokingham and Wellington College in Crowthorne.

Our students, as part of our gifted and talented programme are taking advantage of the facilities at Wellington College to enjoy some extra study time

Wellington College have encouraged use of their facilities and we hope to welcome some of their students to us in the near future.

We hope to see more initiatives like these, community partnerships working together.

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23rd March 2018

It was an informative and interactive day for our KS4 science students who are interested in finding out more about degrees and careers in science. This unique opportunity helped them to find out more about a range of scientific degree fields and careers.

In the careers session delivered by Dr. Emily Jones, they explored different science fields which was a chance to discover more about the possible range of careers available for them. A steady flow of questions and answers  fostered an engaging atmosphere within the session.

This event  also gave them an insight into what an undergraduate level of study in these disciplines might be like.

Hands–on activities in one of the undergraduate laboratories was next. To explain simple acid-base reactions, bath bombs were made, demonstrating the uses of science in the everyday world.

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9th March 2018

Students at the Northern House School Wokingham learn important anatomy lessons during lungs/ heart dissection.

Did you ever know that much of a pig’s anatomy is similar to human anatomy? This is one of the reasons that many science classrooms dissect pigs. KS4 students were able to witness first-hand the similarities between pig and human anatomy.

There are several other reasons why we used pigs for dissection :

• Dissection is a hands-on way of learning anatomy. For many learners, this type of learning is better than textbook learning.
• Dissection allows students to see the body’s structures in three dimensions (unlike in a textbook) and how the organ systems are interconnected.
• One of the human body organs that is very similar to a pig’s is the heart. A pig heart and a human heart are similar in their size, structure, and function. Like a human heart, the pig heart has two atriums and two ventricles. It also has four valves and an aorta. 

In this practical , students were able to gain a greater understanding of the human heart through understanding a pig’s heart.

KS4 students:
1. Located the major organs and structural features of the pigs respiratory system.
2. Described the functions of these organs.

3. Noticed the difference in the colour, structure, and thickness of the walls
of the right atrium and the right ventricle of the pig’s heart.

The emphasis on hands-on learning was important to develop students’ confidence, accuracy, and efficiency in completing the science laboratory skills they needed to master .
We believe that with careful scientific exploration of animals who were treated in humane ways, we can learn and teach our students to be greater stewards of the environment, and especially toward the species they just learned about.

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