The Appliance of Science

Our annual Science Week was a huge success and served to raise the profile of this brilliant subject by providing our children with a range of rich, hands-on experiences. Many thanks to Mr Kilbride, Oldswinford Hospital School’s Headteacher, for providing our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils with the opportunity to work in the OSH labs, investigating electric motors with Mr Holmes and solving a chemical whodunnit with Miss Featherstone. We are also grateful to the Redhill Science Department for enabling our Year 5 classes to investigate the secrets of fingerprinting. All 23 of our girls in Year 5 took part in Chemistry at Work at the Black Country Living Museum, where they enjoyed a series of workshops and also made enamelled copper signs, which you can view on our ‘It’s great to be at Greenfield!’ display in the corridor near our offices. I am sure that the inspiring Science Magic Shows with Tony Maidment and Dr Matt Pritchard will really stay in the memories of our children. Both magicians explained the real science behind their illusions with humour and clarity. I have heard that many of our children have been trying to replicate these tricks at home, with the result that in several Greenfield households all the plastic bottles have had to be emptied so that Tony’s vacuum illusion could be attempted.