From Years 2 to 11, students at Hampton Court House have science lessons with a subject specialist. Science lessons are rooted in the 11+, 13+ and IGCSE curricula, but all of our teachers are passionate about extending students’ education beyond the curriculum. Our goal is to foster in our students a spirit of enquiry. When they leave us, students should feel confident tackling complex problems using the scientific method, that is, they should feel able not only to pose questions, but also to come up with methods for solving them.

Science dayAs a department, we have close ties with the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, we go on field trips with the Field Studies Council, we enter competitions with bodies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry, and of course, take advantage of our proximity to museums in London.

Science Week at HCH

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The Big Think

On Friday, our group went to the Science Museum for activities day. We went there by train to Wimbledon and then took the tube to South Kensington. In the museum we first had 20 minutes to visit some of it, we visited the astronomy part. Then we watched a movie in an iMax theatre in 3D about engineering... and how much engineering impacts the world we live in and how important it is. It was one if the biggest screens that we have seen and the 3D effects were remarkable. After, we went upstairs and played games based on engineering and space. Later on, we ate lunch and visited the rest of the museum which I found very interesting and informative. The museum covered vehicles, economics, space and more although we didn’t have enough time to visit everything but we still enjoyed it. Finally we arrived at school at exactly 4 pm.

Post written by Charles in Year 9.

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Science Week Talk by Surgeon Abdullah Jibawi

Consultant vascular surgeon Abdullah Jibawi gave a fascinating talk to students, parents and staff last night as part of Science Week.

Students heard an ultrasound of their pulses and learned how to diagnose vascular disease.

Science Week Lecture at HCH

John Kennett, developer of microgravity and terrestrial exercise countermeasures for astronauts explained fluid dynamics, aircraft engineering and the effect of gravity on physiology yesterday evening to an audience of over 40 parents and students.

Year 7 Trip to the Centre of the Cell

Year 7 having a hands-on day of learning at the Centre of the Cell!

An hour spent delving into the science of cells in The Pod…

Followed by an hour taking part in the Sick, Snot and Scabs workshop!

Making Lava Lamps in Science Week

As part of Science Week students learnt how to make lava lamps out of water, oil and an effervescing tablet. They saw that polar and non-polar solutions do not mix and that water would sink to the bottom of a bottle containing oil and water. The water could be dyed using food colouring without affecting... the non-polar oil at the top of the bottle.

Dropping an alka seltzer tablet into the bottle would then cause bubbles of carbon dioxide to rise through the liquid, surrounded by the coloured water and creating a mesmerising lava lamp effect. A little glitter added an extra bit of glamour to their homemade lava lamps.

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Article written by Dimitra and Edward (Year 9).

On Monday the RAF, Royal Air Force, visited our school to teach us all about the different roles in the RAF, how it works, how they do what they do, and much more.

What was better was that they showed what they did but at a level that we all could understand.... They showed us about training of the pilots using virtual reality as well as using drones to show us how they would use this in real life. They showed us many practicals including drone signal interception, the physics of flight and many videos of their aircraft, which showed us how technologically advanced the RAF is getting.

They introduced us to their new aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and their history of their VTOL aircraft.

They showed us that the RAF isn’t just about flying but about jobs like engineering and mechanics. They more or less asked us to join because of their shortage of female engineers as well as engineers in general. They were very inspiring to give us the opportunity to give us a possible role in the armed forces.

Although they didn’t mention it, we noticed a board of the apprenticeships that can be taken in the RAF.

We probably didn’t sound as enthusiastic as we probably should have first thing in the morning, as a whole we enjoyed a lot!

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