About Year 9…

The science and engineering fair has been a wonderful and illuminating event.

This year we expanded the fair to a multi-week event and showcased an excellent example of inquiry-based learning. Our year 9 students were enthusiastic from the start and we are very pleased with the autonomy, accountability and confidence they have shown throughout the project.

Our students worked cross-curricular with ICT to create the Science Fair website where they have posted their projects, which differ greatly from traditional science fairs.  Year 9 impressed their teachers right from the start. They worked incredibly hard embracing the ownership of their research, the mechanics of testing the hypothesis and the digital layout of their science report.

The student led projects were extremely relevant as they were all related to what our students come across in their daily lives. Within this framework, some valuable life skill learning took place. Every student had to overcome initial obstacles and failures, but all demonstrated the ability to creatively problem solve. This goes beyond what we would expect from students in Key Stage 3, and we are very confident that they will benefit from these skills in their Cambridge IGCSE studies next year.

Year 9 Best Practice

In the interest of not influencing the vote, this part will be completed once the public vote is is in.

Year 9 Best Practice

In the interest of not influencing the vote, this part will be completed once the public vote is is in.

Year 9 Best Practice

In the interest of not influencing the vote, this part will be completed once the public vote is is in.

“We place huge emphasis within our science curriculum on learning through discovery, learning how to plan authentic and reproducible scientific experiments. ”

Ian Linsell, Science Department, Britannica International, Shanghai

Experiment – Can A Paper Windmill Power A Light Bulb? – Larissa and Kitty – Year 9

We believed that the paper windmill will be capable of lighting up a light bulb. To make a paper windmill light up a light bulb we had to go through some challenges. The paper turbine we made by hand was not spinning the motor fast enough to create enough volts....

Reflection – Can A Paper Windmill Light Up A Light Bulb? – Kitty and Larissa – YEAR 9

We built a windmill out of cardboard, DC motor and wires that can make a robot car working by using electrical energy. We use glue to group up all the materials that we need to make a windmill but unfortunately it didn’t lit up a light bulb but it can make a...

How Does Different Types of Music Affect Concentration? – Year 9 by Ian and Taeyeon

  Science Fair: How Does Different Types of Music Affect Concentration?   Abstract: The objective of this project is to find out how each type of music affects how focused people can be. In particular, it is aimed to get the most concentrating music and most...

How does different liquid effect the plant growth? William and James Year 9

How does different liquid effect the growth of the plant? Why water needs water? Plant’s photosynthesis food, to support it alive, if there is no water, the plant can’t produce organic material, such as glucose. Every nutrient inside the plant, all has to be dissolved...

Bio-Sand Filter: How can we treat water? –Steven/Tommy year9

Proposed Question: We would like to solve the problem of water contamination in poor areas. Many of the places in the world are suffering from dirty water or an undrinkable source of water. Our design on sand filter system is very cheap to make and very reliable. This...

Automating Plant Growth – Vicente Franco & Leonardo Ritzu – Year 9

Engineering Project: Self-Watering Plants    ABSTRACT  Our engineering project strode to solve the problem of watering plants while away or in a way that required much less human attention in an efficient way. To do this, we found two promising methods of automating...

Do Different Colours of Lights Affect Plants Growth —David & Jacky Year 9

Abstract Objective/ Goal : the objective of our project is to determine which colour of light make the plant to grow the best Methods and Materiel : We used soil, seed and different colour of paper filter which contain red, blue, green and purple. We also will use...

Does Plants Grow Side Ways Or Upside Down? By Xiaan and Louis Year 9

Back ground research: Science Fair 2021 Background research. -Does plants grow sideways or upside down?Difficult terms project:-The Challenging tasks for our experience is to keep it a fair test, we need the same seeds, same pot, same lighting and same soil…etc,...

How Does Different Concentrations Of Salt Affect The Rate Of Osmosis? By Alexis And Thomas -Y9

Materials: Cork Borer Boiling tubes Salt Balance Apple   Method: There were six salt concentrations: 0%, 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% A series of boiling tubes was set up with each of these solutions. The 0% salt solution will act as the control in the experiment....

What our educators say

Ciaran Charlton

It is fantastic to see all the projects brought from their initial hypothesis to an ultimate conclusion. There is some exceptional creativity and lateral thinking exhibited in many of the projects. I was very impressed with the logical procedure, control of variables and presentation of data.

Eloise Phillips

The students have dedicated themselves to completing this project, giving up their free time at lunch and break with enthusiasm to get this done to a high standard. Well done to everyone Involved!

Jake Howcroft

The students have worked so hard on their investigations. It’s been great to see them so engaged on an independently led project and enjoying themselves.