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Due to adverse weather conditions the school will be closed tomorrow, Monday 19 March 2018, to pupils only.



March 2018 - School News

8th March 2018

Northern House School Wokingham took part in the Annual British Science Week celebration 2018

 British Science Week

Promoted by the British Science Association, the annual British Science Week aims to celebrate all sciences and their importance in our everyday lives. It provides an opportunity for people of all ages across the UK to take part in science, engineering and technology events and activities.

Our students took part in 5 different workshops organised by the Science Department with the help of the British Science Society and Science Wizards from London. With this year’s theme being “exploration and discovery”, we’ve hand-picked some out-of-class activities that were truly enjoyed by students and staff.

The content of science as we sometime think of it, is a record of man’s accomplishment. It is a kind of history of what man has achieved. It’s major value lies in that we can use it to improve man’s thought and action in the future.

All future scientists are in our school labs  now! What a fun way to engage and inspire them today!



9th February 2018

Taking students out of the classroom is like unclipping their wings. Suddenly their minds are free to explore and they often end up with some very creative results. The Reading University's Tropical Biodiversity glasshouse, called the Herbarium was the best place for KS 3 science students to learn about some rear plant species found all over the world.

The tour given by Dr Alastair Culham was based around independent learning and encouraged the students to immerse themselves more in the material by using all their senses; smelling, touching, tasting and looking at the plants and also a listening activity. It was fun watching the students turning into explorers and giving them an opportunity to practice their investigative skills.

The collection included over 300,000 specimens brought from Africa , America , Asia and Europe. The small peri winkle plant caught our attention because of it’s valuable properties. It is used to treat leukaemia. There were endless questions about the Mexican moss, pitcher plant, coffee plant , ferns etc . Dr Alastair Culham praised ks3 students for their questions and excellent behaviour.

On our way back to the Biology Department we very lucky to see some tropical plants used for genetic engineering projects. From flora we moved to fauna and popped in the famous Cole Museum which supports the teaching of Zoology to undergraduate students at Reading University. With hundreds of specimens of great zoological significance , it demonstrates the rich diversity of the Animal Kingdom.

At the entrance , we were greeted by the huge skeleton of an Indian elephant that used to be an ex- circus performer from Liverpool and was acquired by Professor Cole in 1921 at a price of £42. The 5 meters long Reticulated Python with over 400 vertebrae was very impressive. It,s one of the largest snakes in the world and lives in the jungle of Southeast Asia.

Hanging from the ceiling was the skeleton of a killer Whale and some giant spider crabs. Not to mention the beautiful vertebrates / invertebrates collection including primates , dinosaurs and sea sponges. No wonder that the Cole Museum has the status of the most important and completed U.K. museums of comparative anatomy.

Our students enjoyed seeing the whole animal kingdom under one roof.

Their excitement and enthusiasm put a big smile on their face. The learning objective of inspiring them to learn more about animals and plants in the out of the classroom learning activities was achieved.As a bonus for good behaviour and attitude towards learning DR. Elizabeth Farquhar allowed us to visit the small Botanical garden and the Greek History Museum.


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