Year 8 STEM Extended Study

You have two pieces of extended study to complete over the Easter break:
1. Complete your lab right up for the Water Purification experiment. See the attached photo which tells you the sections you need to have completed.
In your discussion you must explain what you found after we evaporated the sea water before and after we distilled the water by boiling it in the conical flask and condensing it in the test tube. What was the difference in the amount of dissolved solids before and after? What was there a difference? What happened? What was the pH change? Why did this happen? After the distillation, do you think the water was potable? If so, why? If not, why? Was your hypothesis correct or incorrect? Was it specific enough?
Make sure that you use correct scientific language and key words in your write up. Your work should be of high quality and be detailed. If you need help, please email me in good time.

2. Follow the links on Google Classroom. Read the texts and watch the videos on Enzymes to prepare yourselves by building your background knowledge for our next experiment; Enzymes- Investigation into the effects of pH on enzyme action.

3. Email Mr Voltaire with your answers to the following questions: 1. What is an enzyme? 2. What is the function of enzymes? Give examples 3. What is the lock and key theory? 4. What can affect the function of enzymes?

Year 8 Final Product: SUD construction

All year 8 students will be working on the final product which is a result of their hardwork, research and presentations this term. Tomorrow students will begin building the sustainable urban drainage system to help relieve some of the surface water on the school grounds. Students will be working outdoors and will need their fieldwork gear: warm clothes, casual clothing that they don’t mind getting a little dirty wellies/work boots.

Well done everyone in year 8 on a great expedition and fantastic final product!

Year 8 STEM Extended Study: Due Wednesday 25th

Your task is to complete the flooding cascading consequences chart that we started in last session on Friday. As we agreed in class, this needs to be completed for Wednesday 25th January.

See Google classroom for more details and access to the texts. Please mark as ‘done’ on Google Classroom when completed.

If you are confused or need help, please let me know as soon as possible! Good luck!

Year 8 Fieldwork: Week beginning 3rd January

Year 8 will be going out on fieldwork on the first week back at school as part of their immersion into the next expedition. Classes will be visiting Potteric Carr Nature reserve from 10.00 until 12.30 so there is no need to bring a packed lunch as the regular school timetable will be unaffected. Classes will be going out on the following days:

Skipper: Wednesday 4th January

Admiral: Thursday 5th January

It important that all students arrive to school with kit listed below as a minimum as they will be working outdoors and it is of course likely to be very cold.


  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof coat
  • Long sleeve top
  • Warm jumper/fleece
  • Wellington boots
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • Warm trousers (not Jeans)

Thank you for your continued support.