Year 8 “Nobel Prize themed” Globex Week began with a very exciting forensic science day which linked with the achievements of the Nobel Laureate’s for Chemistry and Physics. The students learnt about Nobel prize winners and what they had contributed to Science and, in particular, the field of Forensic Science. The students were shown a video clip, setting the scene for the comical crime, where members of the Leadership Team were all suspects.
The students had to wear forensic suits, so as to not contaminate evidence. They collected and analysed fingerprints from the murder weapon; analysed soil samples to see what compounds they contained and then matched them to different suspects; and they used microscopes to compare fibres and hairs. They completed a chromatography practical to match ink from a pen used to write a bribery note and finally measured and compared patterns and tread for a footprint left at the scene to each suspect’s footprints.
They then had to collate all of their evidence and put together a two minute presentation indicating who they thought the suspect was.
The whole day culminated in Mrs Gee being arrested for the crime and being led away by two of the investigating students. Mrs Gee responded, “Despite the outcome, which of course is scandalous and has led to a terrible miscarriage of justice, our Forensic Science day has been a great success. The students have been able to apply their scientific knowledge in a specific vocational setting and have learnt how Chemistry and Physics can be applied to solve the most complex of crimes! We would like to thank Mrs Beard and her team for their hard work and dedication here; they went the extra mile to ensure students had an enriched learning experience and a lot of fun. A huge amount of thought and preparation went into making this very special and the students were very appreciative of their efforts.”
On the second day of Globex, the students learnt about the inspiring story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala. Activities involved participating in the #BooksNotBullets Campaign, writing a six word memoir, taking an education walk to understand the lives of those who Malala campaigns for, researching womens’ rights issues and global campaigns to give every child an education and sending a postcard to Malala herself. The students’ work has been displayed in the library and delivers a powerful message.
The following day, the students participated in activities themed on 2016 Literature Nobel prize-winner Bob Dylan and the answers, my friends, were far from blowing in the wind! The day began with a pop music quiz and a performance of Bob Dylan’s music by Year 11 Tom Stafford, who kindly returned in the middle of his examinations to facilitate this. The students then conducted research and performed presentations on the singer-songwriter’s life, analysed his work in the style of the GCSE poetry analysis writing component and created their own protest songs on current affairs topics. The winners of the quiz were ‘The Seis Amigas’, coming top in the ‘name that intro’ round, ‘fill in the song lyrics gaps’ and ‘identify the musician’ round.
Thursday’s events were focussed on the Nobel prize related to Physiology and we linked this to the imminent Football world cup. Students played in a mock world cup football tournament representing nations from around the world. Sweden won this morning competition. They spent time in English writing up a newspaper report on the world cup tournament; in Citizenship they learnt about the controversies surrounding FIFA and the world cup bidding process; in Languages they learnt some phases related to Physiology and the football world cup and in Science they learnt about muscles and bones in the human body necessary to be an elite athlete.
The last day was a cross-curricular study of Marie Curie. The students studied the work and achievements of Curie through compiling a biography in English; studying her significance in History; her achievements in the context of women’s rights in Sociology; and separating two materials, as Marie Curie did, in Science. They ended the day with a quiz on all that they had learnt, involving themselves in some metacognitive research about how we learn best, how we retain information and what skills we can employ to improve our memory and remember our learning throughout the week.
We would like to thank the Anglo staff for their creativity and ingenuity in putting together a fabulous programme of enrichment for our remaining Year 8 students while so many students and staff are away on visits, enjoying their exchanges.