On Thursday 24th January, the first session for the KS2-3 OPA Science Club at Aveley Primary School took place. The Science club is delivered in collaboration by Mr Sisterson, the Aveley Primary Science Lead teacher, and the OPA Science team.

For the very first session of the new afterschool club, which will run every Thursday at 3:10 – 4pm, the students were able to investigate animal and plant cells under the microscopes.

Ms Thacker and Miss Ryan, from OPA Science department, were accompanied by four incredibly helpful Year 7 Science Ambassadors; Ashley, Kerrie-Ann, Mathew and Ryan.

Using specialist stains, the students ranging from Years 3 to 7, prepared their very own slides using the membrane from a onion, or cheek cell swabs. They carefully added the dye and cover slips and learned how to adjust the microscopes to view the animal and plant cells, to see the shape and detail of the different cells.

It was fantastic to see all of the students so engaged in the activity. During the session, the primary school students took the opportunity to ask the Science ambassadors about their experiences so far at secondary school, their different teachers an their favourite subjects.

Next week, Miss Ryan and Mr Thorne will be delivering the practical to investigate chromatography. Students in Years 7 and 8 can put their name down each Monday to take part in the club that Thursday.

We only have space for four students to join us each week as our Science club ambassadors, therefore we will be choosing the students who work hard in Science lessons and can be great role models to the younger students.