Ysgol Uwchradd Caereinion High School https://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk Golud pawb ei ymgais : Ones effort is ones reward Mon, 20 May 2019 09:55:15 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 https://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/logofav.gifYsgol Uwchradd Caereinion High Schoolhttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk 32 32 May 2019https://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/may-2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=may-2019 Mon, 20 May 2019 09:54:41 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1258 Read moreMay 2019]]> I can’t believe we have reached the final diary entry for our Rolls-Royce Science Prize. It has been an amazing year, we were so delighted to have been chosen last July, and the competition has taken us to places we could not have imagined, including the edge of space. As the project developed I have seen our Sixth Formers grow as leaders, and the primary school embrace all the activities with tremendous enthusiasm. Taking part in the project has given us the opportunity to develop our ties with the primary school, and this is an aspect that will have long lasting gains. The competition may be finishing but our project continues, both with the primary science club and new teaching links. Staff at the high school will visiting the primary classes to run outdoor science classes in the next half term.

Team building-safely moving the “radioactive” source

Team building-safely moving the “radioactive” source
Mr URDD in space
Mr URDD drawn by a pupil at Llanfair Primary school attached to the weather balloon as it reaches the upper atmosphere!
Gareth Smith, Chemistry Teacherhttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/gareth-smith-chemistry-teacher/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gareth-smith-chemistry-teacher Mon, 20 May 2019 09:45:31 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1253 Read moreGareth Smith, Chemistry Teacher]]> Our sky photo competition was judged just before Easter, as can be seen in the March’s diary entry we had some beautiful photos submitted. Well done to our winners in the three categories; Staff, Sixth form and Key-stage 3&4. The competition has been valuable in bringing a creative aspect into our Science project, helping to highlight that STEM is across all aspects of life.

Vickie Faulkner, Science Technician & Project Leadhttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/vickie-faulkner-science-technician-project-lead/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vickie-faulkner-science-technician-project-lead Mon, 20 May 2019 09:35:47 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1250 Read moreVickie Faulkner, Science Technician & Project Lead]]> Following on from the launch of the weather balloon in April, and the interest that generated, the science and geography department are looking into the possibility of purchasing a weather station and working with other schools to share data. This will complement the Year 8 Geography curriculum, helping to develop the pupil’s data interpretation skills and support the teaching of such topics as climate change as we build up an archive of data.

I visited Bro Hyddgen School in Machynlleth to meet with staff there and see how their weather station worked. I came away with lots of information and some great new contacts. It was a wonderful opportunity to visit a school that was willing to share their vast knowledge and enthusiasm.

Tudor Jones, Biology Teacherhttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/tudor-jones-biology-teacher/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tudor-jones-biology-teacher Mon, 20 May 2019 09:27:41 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1248 Read moreTudor Jones, Biology Teacher]]> Science club in primary school will continue with staff leaders during the next half term, giving the children the chance to investigate solar cars and building Mars buggies. It is planned that the club will run again in the next academic year with Sixth formers once again. The scheme of work for this has not yet been developed, but it is our intention to develop it in a way that complements the themes being investigated in their lessons. In order to do this we will work closely with the primary school staff.

Matthew Palmer – Head of Sciencehttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/matthew-palmer-head-of-science/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=matthew-palmer-head-of-science Mon, 20 May 2019 09:12:30 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1246 Read moreMatthew Palmer – Head of Science]]> STEM links with the primary school are now stronger as a result of the Rolls-Royce Science Prize, and teaching staff will be working in the Primary School in the next half term leading sessions on the theme of outdoor science. Pupils will be working with quadrats, investigating freshwater life cycles and using microscopes. Links are developing even further as we have offered the same opportunity to other schools in the cluster, and now plan to visit four primaries before the summer break. ffff

Eluned Downes,Bursar – Expenditure updatehttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/eluned-downesbursar-expenditure-update/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eluned-downesbursar-expenditure-update Mon, 20 May 2019 08:57:14 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1242 Read moreEluned Downes,Bursar – Expenditure update]]> DESCRIPTION COST NO TOTAL COST BALANCE         £6,000.00 Altimeter (Rapid) £23.52 1 £23.52 £5,976.48 Inflatable Solar System Set (Rapid) £28.49 1 £28.49 £5,947.99 Rocket Launcher (Rapid) £53.50 1 £53.50 £5,894.49 Rocket Rolling Mandrells (Rapid) £1.23 10 £12.30 £5,882.19 Rocket Nose Cones (Rapid) £6.87 2 £13.74 £5,868.45 32GB SD Card (Tesco) £18.00 1 £18.00 £5,864.19 Super Stomp Rocket Kit (Amazon) £12.22 2 £24.44 £5,839.75 Super Stomp Rocket Refill (Amazon) £9.21 2 £18.42 £5,821.33 Deilvery (Amazon) £3.73 1 £3.73 £5,817.60 1000 x Interlocking Cubes (YPO) £14.99 1 £14.99 £5,802.61 Techniquest £433.33 1 £433.33 £5,369.28 Gratnells Trolley (Rapid) £174.83 1 £174.83 £5,194.45 Weather Balloon (Sentintospace) Deposit £743.00 2 £1,486.00 £3,708.45 Colour Cahnge Beads(Timstar) £20.75 1 £20.75 £3,687.70 Torch (Timstar) £10.98 3 £32.94 £3,654.76 Balloons (Londis) £1.49 1 £1.49 £3,653.27 Ipads £1,207.50 1 £1,207.50 £2,445.77 Consumables (Primary School Science) £7.03 1 £7.03 £2,438.74 Covers for Ipads £78.00 1 £78.00 £2,360.74 Paint £19.57 1 £19.57 £2,341.17

No change this month, but the remaining funds are budgeted for: 

Materials for solar car/moon buggy activities at Primary School Science Club this term: £360 

Resources for transition teaching – outside science: £50 

Davis Wireless Vantage Pro 2 Weather Station: £1,025 

Cost associated with setting up weather station: £500 

Remaining funds to be used to buy resources for the Primary school Science Club in the next academic year, thus ensuring sustainability: £406.17 

Eluned Downes, Bursarhttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/eluned-downes-bursar/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eluned-downes-bursar Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:56:21 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1229 Read moreEluned Downes, Bursar]]> Expenditure Update

Altimeter (Rapid) £23.52 1 £23.52 £5,976.48
Inflatable Solar System Set (Rapid) £28.49 1 £28.49 £5,947.99
Rocket Launcher (Rapid) £53.50 1 £53.50 £5,894.49
Rocket Rolling Mandrells (Rapid) £1.23 10 £12.30 £5,882.19
Rocket Nose Cones (Rapid) £6.87 2 £13.74 £5,868.45
32GB SD Card (Tesco) £18.00 1 £18.00 £5,864.19
Super Stomp Rocket Kit (Amazon) £12.22 2 £24.44 £5,839.75
Super Stomp Rocket Refill (Amazon) £9.21 2 £18.42 £5,821.33
Deilvery (Amazon) £3.73 1 £3.73 £5,817.60
1000 x Interlocking Cubes (YPO) £14.99 1 £14.99 £5,802.61
Techniquest £433.33 1 £433.33 £5,369.28
Gratnells Trolley (Rapid) £174.83 1 £174.83 £5,194.45
Weather Balloon (Sentintospace) Deposit £743.00 2 £1,486.00 £3,708.45
Colour Cahnge Beads(Timstar) £20.75 1 £20.75 £3,687.70
Torch (Timstar) £10.98 3 £32.94 £3,654.76
Balloons (Londis) £1.49 1 £1.49 £3,653.27
Ipads £1,207.50 1 £1,207.50 £2,445.77
Consumables (Primary School Science) £7.03 1 £7.03 £2,438.74
Covers for Ipads £78.00 1 £78.00 £2,360.74
Paint £19.57 1 £19.57 £2,341.17
Tudor Jones – Biologyhttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/tudor-jones-biology/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tudor-jones-biology Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:52:49 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1226 Read moreTudor Jones – Biology]]> The primary science club have now finished their Mars habitats and have been planting seeds under different conditions in order to investigate what plants need to grow. This is linked to looking at how people might grow their own food on Mars, and what conditions they would need for horticulture. In their final session before Easter they played a game that encouraged them to prioritise the equipment they would need to survive a crash landing on Mars. Apparently the discussion about this lasted until the tea table in one house!

The high school science club have been investigating landing on Mars, this links to watching the weather balloon launch, and how the payload safely returns to earth. They have been building a payload in order to test its’ suitability to protect vital instruments, (an egg was used to represent them).ffffffff

Philip Jones, Headteacherhttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/philip-jones-headteacher/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=philip-jones-headteacher Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:43:26 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1221 Read morePhilip Jones, Headteacher]]> When you visit your local rugby club at the weekend and your life-long friends are talking about events at your school, then you know something special has happened.

It is not often that discussion of a weather balloon, live tracking or indeed a picture in space of a Welsh Language Icon features over a bar, but that is indeed the impact of the Rolls-Royce Science Prize here at Ysgol Caereinion.

Turn the clock back to earlier in the week and the arrival of a film crew to record the effect of the project within the school community and then at the end of the week, the launch of the weather balloon. Both sessions have helped bring STEM to life and helped engage with the community both inside and outside of the school gates.

There is a vibrancy to the project, the like I have never witnessed at a whole school level. The project is making a huge difference to our learners, it is engaging, motivating and educating!

Vickie Faulkner. Science Technician and project leadhttps://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/vickie-faulkner-science-technician-and-project-lead/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vickie-faulkner-science-technician-and-project-lead Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:03:07 +0000 http://caer-hs.powys.sch.uk/?p=1178 Read moreVickie Faulkner. Science Technician and project lead]]> As we prepare for the Easter break, I can reflect on a short but very busy month. Our sixth form leaders are now preparing for exams and have run their last science club at the primary school. I would like to thank them for all their work and enthusiasm, I have seen the pupils totally engaged by the club and the sixth formers grow as leaders. The club will continue next term with High School staff running it, I don’t think the primary school pupils would let us stop now! Once more we were delighted to welcome Mr Neil Chattle from Rolls-Royce to the school. During a busy day he led two bloodhound workshops, introduced pupils to a Rolls-Royce jet engine via a VR headset and worked with the Year 5&6 primary class, looking at jet engines and using the models. We are very grateful to have this contact with the Industry, it is vitally important in increasing the Science Capital of our pupils

6th former wearing VR Headset
Learners inspect Rocket Engine

On Friday 5 April we were finally able to host the launch of the weather balloon, after a long wait for favorable conditions. This was facilitated by Sent into Space’s Classtronauts program. High school pupils had a presentation by the company, and the opportunity to find out more during Q&A sessions in the classrooms. These were very much enjoyed, the pupils were very engaged with the topic, asking a wide range of questions. Children from Llanfair Primary school, years 4,5 and 6 also attended a presentation at which they had the opportunity to ask questions, and then enjoyed a variety of space themed workshops run by the High School staff. These included a payload landing workshop, in which they designed and built a safe capsule for a payload. Other pupils investigated pressure by making cartesian divers. We had hoped to run orienteering, to demonstrate how the balloon’s payload was found by using coordinates, but the snow of the day before made the ground unsuitable. Instead the primary school pupils had the opportunity to use microscopes, an activity that was much enjoyed. Just before midday the two schools assembled outside to watch the balloon being inflated and help count down for the launch.

Weather Balloon launch
Weather balloon sky high

A live feed meant that the pupils could continue to follow the balloon’s progresss it ascended, and it was put up on the screen in the foyer so it could be followed during the lunch break. It was fascinating to see how the balloon changed direction as it came under the influence of the winds at different altitudes, first travelling north, then looping south until after two hours the payload, travelling north once more, finally descended, touching down just east of Chirk on the Welsh border.

The follow Monday we were sent the data from the launch, and a link to the video of the ascent. It is fantastic to see Mr Urdd leaving the school behind and ascending through the layers of cloud until he finally comes out to the edge of space, reaching an altitude of 34600.8 M.

Mr Urdd (the mascot of the Urdd Eisteddfod) was drawn by Mari Philips from Llanfair Primary School.\

This month I was invited to Welshpool Cubs, to help them with their space badge. This invitation came as a result of the local publicity about the Rolls-Royce Science Prize, and it was great to see our project leading to this outreach within the community.

During the visit they looked at the solar system using the inflatable planets and the Skyview app on the IPads. The Cubs went on to find out how they could observe the sun safely, this was developed by constructing and using a pinhole camera.  The evening ended by investigating why the moon is covered in craters, the Cubs tried making their own craters using a tray of cocoa powder and flour.00010

Cub Scouts using iPads to see the stars