Articles by: Maria Le Roux

The shapes of molecules in Physical Sciences

The shapes of molecules in Physical Sciences

In Grade 10 and Grade 11 Physical Sciences we are learning about chemical bonds. To better understand what happens between the different particles or molecules bonded together, it helps to know what the shapes of these molecules are. What the molecules look like. These shapes can be quite complicated and difficult to visualize three-dimensionally. A hands-on approach often helps students[Read More…]

by May 15, 2017 High School, Physical Science
Seen AND heard in Grade 11 Life Sciences

Seen AND heard in Grade 11 Life Sciences

We have been studying two receptors in Grade 11 Life Sciences: the eye and the ear. These receptors convey information regarding the environment to the brain. This section forms part of the Human Nervous System. Zeze, Kirsten and Paige In the nervous system, receptors activate our response to external or internal stimuli from the environment. When these receptors are activated, nerve impulses travel through[Read More…]

by May 1, 2017 High School, Life Science
Different states in Grade 10 Physical Sciences: it all matters!

Different states in Grade 10 Physical Sciences: it all matters!

Physical Sciences is the study of non-living natural objects. Basically, investigating everything around you, and figuring out how it works. Before you can study the function of something, you need to understand what it is made of. That is where “matter” comes in, and specifically the different states of matter. Everything consists of matter. Small particles either closely packed together, or[Read More…]

by March 24, 2017 High School, Physical Science
Putting life into Life Sciences at Silvermine Academy

Putting life into Life Sciences at Silvermine Academy

We have been investigating many aspects of life in the Life Sciences classes at Silvermine Academy. After learning about different hormones and the glands that secrete them, the Grade 12’s have zoomed in on the molecule that determines what you look like: DNA or Deoxyribonucleic acid. This fascinating molecule does not only carry all your genetic material, it also controls[Read More…]

by March 2, 2017 High School, Life Science
Hitting the waves – bodyboarding at Silvermine

Hitting the waves – bodyboarding at Silvermine

As part of our sports programme, we offer a variety of activities at Silvermine Academy. One of the exciting afternoon sports that can be enjoyed is bodyboarding, and we hit the waves every Monday afternoon. A typical afternoon starts with us driving to various beaches, while seriously discussing where the best waves can be found. When everyone is satisfied with the chosen site,[Read More…]

by February 6, 2017 High School, SMA Sport
Mastering METHODS and SKILLS at SMA

Mastering METHODS and SKILLS at SMA

The budding scientists at Silvermine Academy have started the year with their usual enthusiasm. We are focusing on the Scientific method in Life Sciences, and refining our Scientific skills in Physical Sciences. In scientific investigations, planning is just as important as your results and conclusion. As Tim Minchin said, “Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organising our[Read More…]

by January 22, 2017 High School, Life Science, Physical Science
Investigating Chemical Reactions in Physical Science

Investigating Chemical Reactions in Physical Science

There is always time for an experiment in the Physical Sciences class! Even though it was almost the end of the term and exams were upon us, the Grade 10 and 11 students grabbed lab coats and investigated chemical reactions. The Grade 10 students were given three unknown solutions, all containing potassium salts. Each group had to identify their solution by[Read More…]

by November 17, 2016 High School, Physical Science
SMA Life Sciences: at the Heart of it all

SMA Life Sciences: at the Heart of it all

While the Grade 12 students are working hard on their preparation for the final exam, the Grade 10 and Grade 11 Life Science students have taken over the laboratory for their own investigations. An exciting part of the Grade 10 syllabus is studying the circulatory system, in which the heart is a major organ that controls the cycle. The Grade[Read More…]

by October 30, 2016 High School, Life Science
Grade 10 learners preparing for their debate

Economic and Development Geography

In Term 3, we have been focusing on the sociological aspect of Geography. Specifically, Economic and Development Geography. The Grade 12 students finished their year by investigating the Economy of South Africa. We looked at the different economic sectors and the contributions of each to our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Apart from looking at the economic activities in each sector, we discussed[Read More…]

by August 31, 2016 Geography, High School
Grade 10 learners building models of the rooms they designed

Mathematical Literacy at Silvermine Academy

Being able to interpret the physical space around you, is a skill that we learn in Mathematical Literacy. At the end of last term, the Grade 10s had to design their own room, make a scale drawing of the floor plan, and build a 3D model of the room. At first this sounded like a simple task, but they soon realised[Read More…]

by August 1, 2016 High School, Math Literacy