Articles by: Maria Le Roux

Investigating photosynthesis in Life Sciences Grade 10

Investigating photosynthesis in Life Sciences Grade 10

After studying the process of photosynthesis intensely, the Grade 10 Life Sciences class did a practical investigation on the effect that different environmental factors have on the process of photosynthesis of a plant. Different plants were first placed into different environments and left over the weekend. Two plants with different types of leaves were put in a dark box, therefore no radiant[Read More…]

by August 24, 2017 High School, Life Science
Electricity in the air for Physical Sciences Grade 10

Electricity in the air for Physical Sciences Grade 10

Sparks have been flying in the Grade 10 Physical Sciences class this term as we’ve been investigating the static electricity hiding in objects around us. We have seen that even a neutral object can be charged for a while if you put enough effort into it. When rubbing a ruler with a cloth, electrons are transferred from one object to[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 High School, Physical Science
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