Biology News Junior

Living Eggs ProgrammeMay 2012 - ongoing

newly hatched chick
newly hatched chick
first out of the incubator
first out of the incubator
Year 8 and Year 13 get to play with the chicks
Year 8 and Year 13 get to play with the chicks
a Year 7 pupil looking after the chicks
a Year 7 pupil looking after the chicks

Last summer Year 7 took responsibility for the hatching and rearing of 13 fertilised chicken eggs. All 13 of these hatched (8 girls and 5 boys) and made it to about a month old before some of them became ill with Coccidiosis, a parasitic disease of the intestines. 10 chicks survived (5 boys and 5 girls), 6 of these stayed on at school and now live out the back of the Biology Department for all to enjoy.

Chicks after 6 weeks Chicks after 6 weeks
Chicks after 6 weeks  
Chicks after 6 weeks

In November we managed to successfully incubate, hatch and rear two new chicks (the offspring of some of our summer chicks!).

new chick babies, Nov 2012 new chick babies, Nov 2012
new chick babies, Nov 2012

We are hoping to rear some more birds soon when the weather warms up... chickens or ducks?

Clarence the Cockerel
Clarence the Cockerel
one of our ladies
one of our ladies
chickens in the snow, Jan 2013
chickens in the snow, Jan 2013
 

http://www.livingeggs.co.uk/

 

Dissections January/February 2013

7B dissections 7B dissections
7B dissections

In the Spring Term 7B started a series of dissections in their Biology lessons to help us understand more about different Phyla and Classes of animals as well as Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems.

Getting Prepared Getting Prepared
Getting Prepared  
Getting Prepared

We started with a worm, cutting it open and pinning it down to reveal its insides. We were all surprised by how much we could identify especially in such a small thing!

worm dissection worm dissection
worm dissection worm dissection
worm dissection

We then worked together to carefully dissect a jumbo frog. To do this we had to identify the external areas of the frog and cut open its chest cavity (thorax) and abdomen so that we could see the internal organs and identify these. We took turns cutting and pinning the frog and then removing organs. We learnt a lot about the different tissues, organs and systems by doing this.

Frog dissection
Frog dissection
Boys cutting in
Boys cutting in

7B are eagerly awaiting their reward of a rat dissection for when they finish their current topic... watch this space!

 

Y8 Trip to Plymouth Aquarium 4th March 2013

learning about sharks and raysFor Field Day in the Spring Term Year 8 visited the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Students were given a tour of the aquarium by a Marine Biologist before completing one of three activities. One group went off to learn about conservation and the aquarium’s role in this before filming their own commercial advertising the aquarium. The second group were set the challenge of designing and building a prototype of their own tank exhibit, they had to calculate the size of their tank, the pressure that this could withstand, cost of building and then fill their tank with the right kinds of species in line with their tanks conditions. This was really challenging but students really enjoyed rising to this and some even managed to bring their work back to school to show their maths teacher. The third group used their time to catch up on some sketching for art, learning how to adapt their drawing to cope with moving animals.

taking shots to draw fromlistening to the marine biologist

http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/

 

Y7 Trip to The Eden Project 4th March 2013

Eden ProjectYear 7 spent the Spring Field Day at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

They met with some of the staff and had a presentation about the building of the Eden Project in a disused clay mine before having a guided tour of the different biomes to learn about the different conditions and plants that can live in these conditions. They were particularly impressed by the eco-friendly toilets (with no roof!) and the height that some trees can grow too!

http://www.edenproject.com/

 

Year 7 Trip to Paignton Zoo October 2012

For Field Day in the Autumn Term Year 7 visited Paignton Zoo to further their study of their topic Classification and Variation that they have been studying back at school.

Y7 at Paignton ZooThe day started with a visit to the education centre where they were involved in a presentation and display involving lots of different animal examples including a rhino horn, a giraffe skin, turtle shells and snake skin. They were able to look and handle lots of these specimens to see how they felt, what their markings were and also discover why the zoo had these endangered specimens in their collection. Year 7 proved that they already knew a lot about animals and how to classify them and were able to contribute well to the presentation, as well as asking some excellent questions at the end.
After their presentation there was time to start exploring the exhibits before a quick picnic lunch outside surrounding by numerous free roaming birds trying to steal our sandwiches!

Students continued their visit by visiting more of the exhibits, choosing their favourite animals to see. We were very lucky to see the cheetah not sleeping, a baby giraffe only a couple of weeks old as well as four lion cubs climbing in the trees of their exhibit! Year 7 all loved the crocodiles and the red pandas and orang-utans proved very popular too.

Time for a quick stop to the zoo to buy every variety of animal shaped sweet that they sold plus some presents for brothers and sisters before heading back to Blundell’s.

http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/

Y7 at Paignton ZooY7 at Paignton Zoo

 

Summer 2013

This summer 12 of our L6th Science students will be participating in a trip to the USA again, working with naturalists and biologists for an all-round Science experience... details to follow.