Goodbye from the Year 6 Committee

With the end of the year we’ve said goodbye to all our year 6, but especially to some of our committee members. They’ve written their goodbyes, and handed over to the newest committee members: stay tuned for their introductions in September!


Goodbye from Josh: I am sad to say good bye to all the new committee and Miss Draper. All the fun times I’ve had from London to the Big Bang Fair. Hopefully I will come back soon. Even though I disliked the snails at first I’m going to miss them, especially the new snail Jennifer. I will remember everyone here at lab and I hope the new committee have as much fun as I did. Hopefully the science at secondary school is as good as  here at Irchester Community Primary School.


My name is Oliver and my lab 13 time has come to an end. I have enjoyed being on the committee due to the vast amount of science, jokes and jobs. My favourite part was The Big Bang fair in Birmingham. Many stalls and activities were all packed into two halls. Despite leaving the committee I will still come and visit and I will persuade my brothers to join as well. I hope in secondary school they have a lab as good as ours.


My name is George and I will remember Bob the moth. Bob was a Privet Hawk-moth, found by Mr. Alan early in the morning. He was a beautiful, stripy moth with a peacock wingspan of 12cm. As a fully-grown adult, he would have lived in woodlands and suburban areas flying about and drinking real nectar from plants. With us he drank fake nectar (sugar water) from a soaked, crumpled piece of tissue, and only moved when we weren’t looking. He is one of the largest moths in the UK. We let him go in the wildlife area… where he should be!

During my time in Lab_13, my favourite thing we have done is experimenting what happens when we get hot. We had another school come in to test with us. We did multiple experiments inspired by these main body functions: sweating, digesting, heart beating and breathing. For sweating, we wrapped three types of paper towel around a thermometer to see if sweating really cools us down. The three paper towels were dry, wet with water or wet with ethanol. We discovered: all the wet thermometers cooled down, and the thermometer under the fan with ethanol on it cooled the fastest.

I will really miss lab_13 and being at Irchester, but will come back to visit lots!


I think last-day madness has set in!

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Sport and Science Week

Two weeks ago was our sports and science week! The whole school took part in lots of different class activities.

Year six created several sports drinks to test on the unaware year five pupils. The drinks were actually all identical, but we told each group different things: one group that the drink would make them faster, the next group slower, and the last group was the control, we said their drink should make no difference.  The results showed: being told you will be slower increases your time slightly by 0.01 mins; being told you won’t change decreases your time; being told you will be faster increases your time by lots! So what you think has a big effect, not only physical things.

sports drinks

Year 4 have been doing their heart rate on different activities and comparing their speeds against athletes. Year 3 have been doing a memory game. Year 2 have been skipping every morning to see what effects exercise has on the body, and what effect practice has. Year 1 have been doing how the size of a ball affects bouncing and have been seeing if music affects throwing distance. Year R have been measuring jumps and seeing what happens when their heart beats faster. They did three tests to make it a fair test.

Year 5 did ruler reaction-time tests, if music affects your performance and if sport affects your memory. They tested this by doing a memory test, then either playing noughts and crosses or doing exercise before another memory test. Thirteen people were doing exercise and the other thirteen needed to play noughts and crosses. This is for the sake of seeing if tiredness affects your memory and if being relaxed helps your memory. First of all I got seventeen and then,what a coincidence, I got seventeen again. That means that I have an equal brain and each side works the same. Some got better and some got worse but overall it was even both ways.


Lab_13 was transformed into the Lab_Gym! We had all sorts of different gym equipment, and managed to let almost the whole school have a go on everything. We experimented with the springiness of the punch bag, had fun finding our own balance points on the wobble-ball, practised the safe  way to pick up weights, and of course had a go on the running and rowing machines!  Many were surprised that the biggest weights weren’t the heaviest; we figured out that it was because they were made of different materials- the big plastic weight was quite light, while the little metal one was very heavy!


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Irchester’s Community Education Award!

On Friday the 10th of July, we were officially presented our award from F-Secure, so we can now tell you all about it!  Two men, one from F-Secure and one from the Community Education Awards came in to award us with it during a whole school assembly. They told us we were the only school to win it in the whole of the UK. They said “it is a huge achievement to win this prestigious award.” We got this award because of all the interactive things we do to keep pupils interested in science, especially our topic Dirty, Stinky Children; during this topic, children learnt about the 3 main types of micro-organisms: bacteria, viruses and fungus. Each year had a different topic such as bread-making, testing for the dirtiest surface or sock microbes to take home. After the speech, three of our Lab_13  ambassadors went onto the stage and collected the three trophies: a glass ornament, a letter from Esther Rantzen (creator of Childline) and a framed certificate to show that we won the annual, national F-Secure award for being the best primary school in the country to teach pupil-lead science!

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Our Titanic Entry!

We had a message from lab_13 Ghana, it was a very enthusiastic video about their boat competition! We wanted to win so we read the rules very carefully then we got Miss Draper’s tool box and got to work.

First we made the base of the boat, it was really fun! We made it out of balsa-wood as it’s a soft wood. We did a point at the front of the boat so it’s stream lined. We stuck it together with hot glue:  it won’t leak  and it won’t unstick. The first glue-gun we tried wouldn’t work, but luckily Miss Draper had a different one, though it still took 10 minutes to warm up! While we waited we got the design ready on the board. To make the right pieces we measured wood then cut it with a saw, sanded it smooth then stuck it together- making sure there were no gaps! We then started thinking about how it would move. Ollie got a load of motors and batteries, then connected them together to make the motors spin. We made propellers like on an aeroplane then attached them to the motor. We used a drill to add holes to the boat to put the propellers through. The propeller span really fast but when we put in the water it went in circles. So we had to change the design, we put propellers out the sides instead as paddle wheels- that worked! We each made a different design of propeller to test which one was the fastest.


We made a film about how we made the boat, and showed it floating and travelling the 1m it had to do to enter the competition. We’ve sent  it to Lab_13 Ghana, now waiting for the results!

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Lab_13Ghana goes international – Titanic competition!

With great excitement, the Management Team of Lab_13Ghana announce an international boat-tastic design competition – and the rules are very strict!

But it should be a lot of fun

Entries are invited online via YouTube with the following information from the Teachers’ information sheet..

Lab_13 Ghana is proud to announce our first inter-school competition, Titanic 2015: Boat-tastic

Race! Your students will be competing against Ghanaian and international schools to produce the best boat that they can. Boats can be made of any material, we encourage students to be as imaginative as possible! Please use this sheet as a guide to assist your students in creating their entry.

Title: Titanic 2015: Boat-tastic Race

Opening Date: Thursday June 18 2015

Closing Date:  8th July for international entries, entering via video.

Please send a video of your entry to

Good Luck

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Exciting Award for Lab_13 Irchester!

This week Mrs Alison came in to the Lab 13 Committee meeting and announced some great news: that we had won a national community award! We are very happy to accept this award and hopefully this Friday we can announce the good news to the whole school. We came 1st out of over 3000 schools, for all the hard work we put into making the lab a success- so another job well done!

It is the F-Secure Technology in Learning Award, part of the Community Education Awards. It is to recognise a school which has encouraged effective learning through the development of innovation, and introducing technology into the learning environment. Especially, with pupils involved in both the design and production of the work involved, which is what Lab_13 is all about!

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Gillespie News: Science Fair & Madagascar Calling!

The Splendid Science Fair!

On Tuesday 9th June 2015 there was an amazing science fair that was held at Gillespie primary school by yr6. The fair was from 09:30 – 04:30 pm.

Poster put up in school to advertise the Science Fair

Poster put up in school to advertise the Science Fair

This was an astonishing event where children from Duncombe (yr6) and Grafton (yr6) primary school came. There was a man who bought in chameleons, a bearded dragon, water dragon, a frog and a tarantula.

Brochures made by children about the Gillespie Science Fair

Brochures made by children about the Gillespie Science Fair

The stalls were  paint beats, glow in the dark, fruit batteries, terrific tornados, let it frozen snow, boom box, lab_13, manuka honey project, egg drop, balloon rocket and volcano escape.

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Getting in touch with Madagascar

The Lab_13 committee Skype chatted with a charity worker and a scientist called Lala from Madagascar. The time there was also different by 2 hours which was roughly 10:30 in Madagascar.

The Lab_13 management committee ready for their Skype chat

The Lab_13 management committee ready for their Skype chat

We found out that 80% of plants seen in Madagascar are seen nowhere else in the world. We were shocked to find out that in Madagascar the schools books are very old and they write with chalk and mostly sit on the floor and many of the teachers are not paid for 6 months and when they are paid only £5.00. We had the idea of a science or Lab_13 related fundraiser to help out with education charity Azafady and finally we discovered what you call someone who is from Madagascar: Malagasy!!!

Louise and Lala from Azafady, who kindly agreed to answer some of our questions about Madagascar!

Louise and Lala from Azafady, who kindly agreed to answer some of our questions about Madagascar!

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