Space in Science

15 October 2020
Space in Science

This week in First Form Science, 1N has been researching the development of telescopes as part of their Space topic. 

They researched a timeline of the history of the telescope, then wrote a newspaper article on the history of the Hubble space telescope. They looked at the famous discoveries and mission operations, and wrote a speech from Galileo’s perspective explaining his discoveries to the public.

The topic culminated in the students all making their own telescope.

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  • COVID Home Testing

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  • English Competition - Design a Book Cover

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    12 March 2021
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    12 March 2021
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    12 March 2021
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  • COVID Testing

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    04 March 2021
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  • CCF Navy Promotion

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  • Lockdown Reflections

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    26 February 2021
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    Headmaster Copy Prize - 26th February 2021

    26 February 2021
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    25 February 2021
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    12 February 2021
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  • Volcano Project

    Volcano Project

    12 February 2021
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    12 February 2021
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  • Virtual Sporting Fixture - 6th February 2021

    Virtual Sporting Fixture - 6th February 2021

    12 February 2021
    On Saturday, SVS took part in a Virtual Exercise Fixture against Ashford School and St Lawrence College.
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  • Headmasters Copy Prize - Elliot Gooding

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    12 February 2021
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  • Headmaster Announcement

    Headmaster Announcement

    08 February 2021
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    05 February 2021
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    SV I-Fit Reminder

    05 February 2021
    Mr Howell wanted to remind pupils and parents of the flexibility within the SV I-Fit programme.
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    Holocaust Memorial 2021

    05 February 2021
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    Skin Cancer Study

    29 January 2021
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    29 January 2021
    Here at SVS, we do not follow a one-size-fits-all approach when preparing our students for their future.
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  • Blue Peter Green Badge

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    29 January 2021
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    29 January 2021
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    29 January 2021
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  • Wellbeing Hub

    Wellbeing Hub

    29 January 2021
    We are delighted to inform you that we have joined the Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub.
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    COVID Testing Centre

    22 January 2021
    Following the Government announcement that schools will be involved in mass testing of pupils and staff, we have been busy transforming the Sports Hall into a testing centre.
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  • MFL Recommendations

    22 January 2021
    The MFL department is making the most of lockdown to catch up on some of their favourite French and Spanish TV series and read the books they didn’t get around to reading during the last lockdown.
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  • Holocaust Survivor Talk

    Holocaust Survivor Talk

    22 January 2021
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    22 January 2021
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    15 January 2021
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    14 January 2021
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  • England Academy Players

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    14 January 2021
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  • Sixth Form Updates - January 2021

    Sixth Form Updates - January 2021

    14 January 2021
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  • Headmaster's Copy Prize - Brent Varrall

    14 January 2021
    During the Headmaster's Assembly today, we were delighted to learn that Brent Varrall (Fourth Form) was awarded a Headmaster's Copy Prize for his outstanding portrait photography assignment.
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