Gifted and Talented Year 5 pupils investigate woodlice at the College

On Friday 9 June, a group of Year 5 pupils from St George's Junior School travelled up to St George's College to participate in the inaugural Year 5 Gifted and Talented Biology afternoon.

The purpose of this brand new event was to provide an opportunity for young scientists at the Junior School to undertake an extension project in a Senior School environment.

Once the girls and boys had arrived at the College and settled into their new surroundings, it was time for some experiments and investigations. During the course of the afternoon, the children carried out an investigation into the turning behaviour of woodlice. First of all, the children learnt some key facts about woodlice that would later determine their hypothesis in an experiment.

The experiment was as follows: The pupils had to construct a maze out of small wooden blocks for the woodlice to walk through, then come up with a hypothesis as to which way they thought the woodlice would go as they progressed through the maze. After carefully collecting their woodlice, the children placed the creatures in the maze and recorded their results methodically. The students then came up with some plausible reasons to explain the behaviour of their new friends.

The children had a very enjoyable time at the College, especially after they had named each and every woodlouse that took on the maze!

19 June 2017

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