Year 11 enjoy tales of the plague and pox and learn about the science behind our immune system as teachers dress up for Biology Week.
Our Science teachers dressed up as different characters related to pox and pathogens, on Wednesday 13th October as part of Biology Week. Each teacher spent 10 minutes with all the year 11 science classes describing different aspects of the plague, pathogens and vaccination. Ms Asante dressed as ‘a quack’ or ‘mad scientist’ and described remedies used to cure the plague, including leaving cut up onions in the room and drinking urine! Mr Dudley demonstrated Jenner’s work with milkmaids and the advent of vaccinations. Dr Baker showed us how to calculate how many bacteria will reproduce in a certain time and Ms Blakey described the role of antibodies in fighting the pathogens, where we made antibodies out of pipe cleaners. Finally Dr Bune showed us how scabs form and Mr Short discussed the history of the plague and the role of the plague doctor. We had great fun and it was good to see how history and science work together.