Inspired Scientists at Saint Paul’s! 

“Growth” was the theme which was explored by students from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester who took part in Science Week, a celebration of science, engineering, maths and technology. 

A fitting theme for what has been a turbulent time for all of us, ‘Growth’ links with multiple areas across science, technology, engineering and maths. We can find examples of growth within all subjects and all around us, making it an excellent starting point for a celebration of science! 

To celebrate Science Week 2022, the Year 7s participated in an Environmental Science project, led by their Science teacher and the Year 8s and 9s took part in a Food Science project.  

The objective of Environmental Science Week was for Year 7 to study the causes and impact of pollution on nature. The unit of work is interleaved with revision of the Matter, Organisms, Energy and Ecosystems topics studied this year. There was lots of practical work and exploration of the role of Environmental Scientists working in the field and the laboratory. 

The objective of Food Science Week was to make links between Science and our daily lives by planning the menu for a party. This project explored the role of biotechnology in food production, evaluation of healthy alternatives to meat, sugar and gluten, whilst at the same time allowing our young scientists to hone their investigative skills through practical applications to bread, ice-cream and sweetie making. There was also a focus on careers in this industry. 

The week’s programme aimed to inspire the next generation of scientists with fun and participative activities. The activities highlighted how science, technology, engineering and maths relate to our everyday lives. 

Mrs Charlotte Dewhurst, Science teacher, said: “Growth was a fantastic theme for our students to relate to and explore. It is a broad theme encompassing many aspects of science which can be interpreted in many different ways. The activities were designed to be great fun and were very popular with the students. The sessions helped the students see how Science can be applied in real life.” 

Mrs Michele Sudworth, Science teacher, added: “There were lots of exciting activities happening throughout our school. We are very keen to inspire and engage the students in the wonder and excitement of Science.”  

“Science is vital to the future of our country and involvement in projects such as this are a great way for us to encourage our students to enjoy the subjects and see them as both interesting and accessible,” commented Mr Alex Hren, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “We need to do everything we can to inspire the next generation.”