Life Science

Welcome to Life Science

Welcome to Life Science

A special welcome to the grade 10 Life Science students! Your journey starts now and I hope that I will help to create a love and responsibility towards nature and science in each and every one of you over the next 3 years. Last week we learnt about the different land biomes in South Africa. Today we learnt how important[Read More…]

by February 6, 2020 High School, Life Science
Contraception and STD’s Talk

Contraception and STD’s Talk

The Grade 12 Life Science students had some fun learning about contraception and sexually transmitted diseases when we had Dr Hetta van Zyl (Obstetrician and Gynecologist) visiting the classroom as a guest speaker. Not only is this knowledge life long learning information but it forms a chunk of the IEB Grade 12 Life Science curriculum which will be examined in[Read More…]

by May 22, 2019 High School, Life Science
Mouse Dissection!!

Mouse Dissection!!

This week two mice were spared from becoming snake food, however, they ended up under the blade! A Grade 10 student arranged to get two frozen mice from a friend that has a mice-eating snake. As the dissection progressed the whole class’ interest in biology was stimulated and I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and interest evident during this, at times, gruesome task. I[Read More…]

by April 19, 2016 Life Science
SMA LS: Morphology Museum

SMA LS: Morphology Museum

Last week Friday the Grade 10-12 Life Science students traveled all the way to Bellville to visit the Medical Morphology Museum at Tygerberg Hospital. Two SUPER medical students were our facilitators for the day and the first stop was the……..DISSECTION LABORATORY. And, no, we were not going to dissect a fish, crayfish or even a rabbit. On the tables were[Read More…]

by August 28, 2014 Life Science
SMA: Life Science- Exam Humour

SMA: Life Science- Exam Humour

It is EXAM time at Silvermine Academy, and it is good to see the results of our efforts. Sometimes though – we just have to laugh!      

by June 5, 2014 Life Science
SMA: Life Science – Kidney Dissection

SMA: Life Science – Kidney Dissection

                                        The Grade 11 Life Science class dissected kidneys this week. This all-girls group demonstrated promising surgical potential!!

by April 16, 2014 Life Science
SMA: Life Science – EASTER TIME

SMA: Life Science – EASTER TIME

  During the easter egg hunt held on the last day of Term 1, the Grade 11 class won all the eggs by beating the other grades with the cryptic clues . Well done Grade 11’s, I am proud to be your Mentor Teacher!!

by April 10, 2014 Life Science, Life Science
Enzymes, Liver and Photosynthesis

Enzymes, Liver and Photosynthesis

                            The Life Science students in Grade 10 performed their final practical for the term. Their task was to investigate how temperature influences the function of the enzyme catalase found in liver. The Grade 11’s had to investigate if chlorophyll is needed for the process of photosynthesis.[Read More…]

by March 19, 2014 Life Science
DNA the molecules of life

DNA the molecules of life

Starting the Life Science curriculum all over again with a new group of Gr 12 students is always new – even though it is not. Every year we start our LIFE SCIENCE theory with the structure and function of DNA. Every year I am just blown away by the science behind us. What makes me – me? What makes you[Read More…]

by February 3, 2014 Life Science, Life Science
Experiment time

Experiment time

During the third term many of the Life Science and Natural Science practicals take place. Today the Gr 8 Natural Science group investigated how the volume of sugar affected the rate of fermentation. As always lots of excitement around doing pracs. Lots of yeasty smells and waiting for results tomorrow!

by July 24, 2013 Life Science