BEST Science

The Benfield Science department are passionate about using science to excite and inspire our pupils.

At Science BEST club, all pupils can experience a fun, interactive, hands-on approach to science. Our aim is to encourage pupils to be curious and to ask questions about the world around them.

Sessions revolve around themes and are run by Benfield science staff on Tuesday evenings from 3.15pm-4pm. Each session theme has been designed to better prepare pupils for KS3 Science. We know from experience that pupils who attend Science BEST club sessions are more confident and independent scientists when they begin secondary school.

See the activities list for examples of Science BEST club sessions.

Metals and reactivity
Pupils explore the properties of reactive and non-reactive metals. Did you know that hydrogen gas is explosive? Hydrogen gas is a product of each reaction and pupils can identify the gas by carrying out a ‘squeaky pop test’. The session ends with a teacher demonstration of some EXTREMELY reactive metals in water. Be prepared for some loud bangs and smells in this session!
 
 
Feed the birds
Did you know that many birds migrate thousands of miles overseas to escape the cold winter months? Pupils find out why it’s important not just to feed resident garden birds during the summer months. With materials that can easily be bought from a supermarket, pupils learn how to make their own bird feeders at home. The concepts of heating and cooling, energy transfers and food chains are explored.
Firework Flame Tests
Ever wondered what makes fireworks so colourful? In this session, pupils set fire to different metal salts using Bunsen burners. The question is “Why do different metal salts burn with different coloured flames?”. Did you know that red fireworks are red because they contain the metal strontium?
Rates of reaction
Did you know that there are chemical reactions happening right now inside your body? After carrying out lots of exciting chemical reactions, pupils then explore why some chemical reactions happen faster than others. The particle model theory is explored in this session.
Acid or alkali?
Did you know that many everyday household substances are dangerous? In this session pupils will investigate the acidity and alkalinity of lab chemicals and household substances. Pupils use indicators to determine whether substances are acids or alkalis and appreciate the importance of wearing safety goggles in science labs.