Year 5 pupils befriend woodlice at the College

On Friday 8 June, a group of Year 5 pupils from St George's Junior School travelled up to the College to participate in the annual Year 5 Gifted and Talented Biology afternoon.

After the success of last year's inaugural event, young scientists from Year 5 were given the opportunity to undertake an extension project in a Senior School environment.

After arriving at the College and settling into their new surroundings, it was time to meet their new creepy crawly friends. 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.

There were some early nerves as the children got to grips with the woodlice, but once they'd been analysing them for a while, they grew very comfortable and continued their investigations. It was a brilliant afternoon of science for the children and the College looks forward to welcoming the new Year 5 pupils next year!

26 June 2018

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