Budding young scientists were this week given the chance to experience life in a real working lab thanks to a collaboration between two Darlington schools.
Pupils from Skerne Park Academy explored human cheek and vegetable cells under the microscope and even made their own 3D DNA models as Polam Hall independent day and boarding school opened the doors to its first rate science facilities.
Polam Hall welcomed 19 year six pupils from Skerne Park to take part in a biology lesson to give the primary school pupils a taste of life at the independent school.
Students used microscopes to observe cells and then built on the structure and function of cell organelles. They also extracted the DNA from strawberries, bananas and their cheek cells and modelled the 3D structure of DNA using sweets.
During the lesson they were given access to Polam Hall’s practical equipment, guided by biology teacher Sue Dobson and four upper sixth pupils from the school.
Joanne Sains, year six teacher at Skerne Park Academy, said: “It was great to be able to bring the children along to Polam Hall and they loved the experience. I’d like to keep the connection with Polam Hall for my future classes so that they get the same experience as this class did.”
Among the young scientists who took part in the lesson was Abbigail Craggs, who will be joining Polam Hall in September after receiving a scholarship and a 100% bursary.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to coming to Polam Hall this September and in particular doing more experiments like we have done today – it was really interesting.”
Jessica Dove, an upper sixth student at Polam Hall, enjoyed the experience equally, saying: “It was great to show the children what to do and share the knowledge I have gained throughout my years at Polam Hall.”
Polam Hall is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged between two and 18 years old.
It has been based at its site in Darlington since 1854 and prides itself on maintaining its traditional values and rich heritage while being able to offer pupils the strongest possible skills for the future.
For more information on the school visit: www.polamhall.com