2 July 2020

Each Wednesday, Science Teacher Mrs Eastham will provide an extract relating to a topic and ask pupils to find an interesting fact about this topic or person. The challenge is open to pupils in Years 7-10 and the winner will be announced the following week.

Thank you for all the really interesting facts that you found out over the last week about Climate Change. Climate change is a change in the usual weather found in a place. This could be a change in how much rain a place usually gets in a year. Or it could be a change in a place's usual temperature for a month or season. Tell us an interesting fact about climate change.  The science department have voted for the most interesting fact and the winner is...…..

Tyler P in Year 8 (H8) who won this one by telling us: 

800 million people, 11% of the worlds population, are currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea level rising. 

Also, thank you to our Chair of Governor's, Mr Burke, for his contribution to last week's challenge.   

A few years ago when 30+ temperatures occurred in the Arctic circle, on the Siberian peninsula, it caused some permafrost to thaw, and in this permafrost were the partly decomposed bodies of deer which had been there for a long time. The deer bodies were full of anthrax spores (a seriously infectious disease - much worse than Covid) which were released into the air by the heat and the whole peninsula had to be evacuated. Anthrax deer: an unforeseen consequence of climate change! 

This week's challenge is: The ocean.  Octopuses have three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood. Could you tell us another interesting scientific fact relating to the ocean and what lives in it?

‚Äč‚ÄčEmail your fact to Mrs Eastham at v.eastham@priory.lancs.sch.uk with 'FACT OF THE WEEK' in the header.

Deadline the next Tues, 7 July.  Winner announced on Wednesday. Good luck!