Last Friday, Year Six travelled forward in time and had the opportunity
to become a university student for the day.
As part of our ‘Science has
Changed the World’ unit, we travelled to the University of Nottingham to spend
the day in their science labs. There, we were taught by university
lecturers about Microbiology; the study of the smallest living organisms.
We donned our white lab coats and blue gloves to conduct a number of
experiments, including how to preserve food from mould, how microorganisms
travel and spread, and where microorganisms are present in our environment
(answer - EVERYWHERE!). In another lab, we were given the chance to use
high-powered microscopes to observe and identify different types of
microorganisms. Along with all of this, we learned how to be safe, clean
and organised in a lab, which is very important.
This Friday, the lecturers will be coming to school so that we can see
the results of all of our experiments. We are sure to see quite a lot of
mould and other bacteria! The knowledge that bacteria grows, spreads and
can be killed has made a huge impact on our world. From our lunchboxes to
refrigeration, Science has taught us that we need to be safe and clean in order
to stay healthy!
Sarah Pearce and Katie Montgomery
Head of Curriculum Team – Sciences/Assistant Key Stage Leader – Year 6