Natural Science

The Grade 9s are Creating Chemical Monsters

The Grade 9’s enjoy Natural Science on the whole. They are always involved as we discuss the theory behind how chemistry and physics work. Much of what we learn applies to things we see around us. However the real enthusiasm comes out when the Grade 9’s are given the chance to get hold of chemicals, and learn first-hand how they react.[Read More…]

by June 18, 2017 High School, Natural Science

Stomata what??!

The Grade 8’s were very excited to get a chance to look through a real-life microscope! We have been learning about photosynthesis and how (deep breath…) radiant energy from the sun helps give energy to the chlorophyll in the leaves so as to help in the breaking down of carbohydrates to feed the plant and how the water from the[Read More…]

by February 8, 2017 High School, Natural Science
Science Exposed

Science Exposed

The Grade 8s have spent most of Term 3 and the first week of Term 4 researching a topic of their choosing. They were placed into groups of three and had to come up with three different areas in which to do research. Each team went through a gruelling process of deciding which hypothesis to choose (under the careful watch[Read More…]

by November 3, 2016 Natural Science
In the Spotlight!

In the Spotlight!

Our Grade 8s have been exploring Electricity. This may sound rather dangerous, but we assure you that it was good, clean fun. The students first explored how to create and use Static Electricity. We had balloons stuck to ceilings (no need for Helium balloons ever again!) and hair standing on end. We even raided the staffroom to see if a[Read More…]

by September 27, 2016 High School, Natural Science
Science Expo 2016!

Science Expo 2016!

This week our Grade 8s were given their first Science Expo project. Such a large project can be daunting and it’s hard to know where to start. Never fear! Grade 9s are here. Each Grade 8 project group was given 3 mentors from the Grade 9 class. These mentors are expected to help guide the Grade 8s using what they[Read More…]

by August 1, 2016 High School, Natural Science
Something Fishy!

Something Fishy!

On the 22nd of April the Grade 9s visited the Two Oceans Aquarium. The outing was a huge success, thanks to the great service we received from the staff at the aquarium. The students arrived and were given a lesson on Marine Sustainability. They were very intrigued to learn that cows kill more people per year than sharks. They also had[Read More…]

by May 5, 2016 High School, Natural Science
Searching Science!

Searching Science!

The Grade 8s enjoyed carrying out their first Scientific experiment a little while ago. With much excitement they mixed their ingredients, attached their balloons and awaited what they thought would be dramatic results. Sadly some learned the value of reading the instructions carefully and staying focused on the task, because in science things can go wrong rather easily…

by April 13, 2016 High School, Natural Science
Science gives the Edge in Sport by Kimberly Cunningham

Bright Young Minds

Silvermine Academy Science Expo – an astounding display of creative research undertaken by our Grade 8 and 9 scientists who have actively been looking for explanations and connecting ideas, testing hypotheses and communicating their findings over the past few terms. Research into the fields of Food Technology, Sport Science, Alternative Power Sources, Social Media, Animal Behaviour, Prejudice and Physics were[Read More…]

by August 18, 2015 Natural Science
The HEART of the Matter!

The HEART of the Matter!

The Grade 9’s recently had an opportunity in Natural Science to dissect a sheep’s heart. They marveled at the design of this truly magnificent organ. Some students chose to rather sit out the lesson and read about the dissection process from their textbooks. Others thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on scientific exploration. The internal structure was investigated, identifying chambers, valves, veins and[Read More…]

by March 27, 2015 High School, Natural Science
Contour Paths and Ecosystems

Contour Paths and Ecosystems

The Grade 8’s recently enjoyed a walk into Kirstenbosch Gardens. They set off from Constantia Neck and followed the contour path, enjoying beautiful views over the Cape Flats area. They passed both indigenous and pine forests and used their recently acquired Life Science terminology to speak intelligently about their observations. Following an enjoyable picnic lunch they were led around the[Read More…]