Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

Key Stage 4 Science Revision Programme

The science department has strong evidence that a long term, systematic revision programme can make enormous improvements in a student's chances of succeeding in examinations. Revision is on the following evenings in the Science block between 15.00 and 16.00:

  • Monday- Chemistry
  • Tuesday- Biology
  • Wednesday- Physics

Please check INSIGHT for additional sessions and details about revision guides. 

Year 12 Work Experience (July 2014) For work experience a year 12 student worked with and shadowed a consulting chemical engineer of CNG Services. They are the world leaders in bio-methane to grid technology and project manage AD (anaerobic digester) based plants. Please click to open his report.

Enrichment Day (June 2014) 


48 year 7 students researched, designed and then built model water rockets.  Rockets made were very impressive and went very high.  Students used their knowledge of rocket design to come up with fab designs. Several designs were impressive. Awards were given for: The rocket that went the highest, the best design and the best overall presentation.  Well done to all year 7 students that took part!!


Alton Towers (March 2014) 

During National Science Week (which ran from 24th-28th March 2014) Mr Davenport organised a trip for about 50 year ten students to Alton Towers.  Whilst there they attempted to break the world record for the largest Science lesson in the world.  In addition to the record attempt students had the opportunity to explore some of the Science behind the park's famous rides.  They also discovered the how gravity, a 30m drop and travelling at a speed of 85km per hour affects the body- Of course they did this by going on many of the rides!!!


 The North West Science Centre Imaging Sessions (January To March 2014)

Some our year 12 students have been attending sessions at the North West Science centre over the first half of the Spring term.  The titles of these sessions have included:

  • Nanoexplorers - making visible the invisible
  • Cellular imaging
  • Using sound to image the inside of stars
  • Graphene clean rooms visit

The sessions were run by various university lectures from a number of universities including Manchester and Oxford.  

Students found the sessions to be very interesting and inspiring.
Iceland Trip (February 2014)- An Adventure In The Land Of Fire And Ice


On a cold rainy February half-term morning twenty two intrepid sixth formers embarked upon the trip of a lifetime along with Mr Pearson and Mrs Sykes. A three day, action packed, adventured filled exploration through extreme landscapes and freezing weather. The destination: The Land of Fire and Ice.

The group witnessed some amazing sights and took part in activities that very few of us can say we've done:  hiking across a solid river of ice using crampons and ice-axes that lies on a dormant volcano, walking through a rift valley in-between two shifting tectonic plates, getting soaked by an exploding natural fountain called a geyser, standing in sub-zero temperatures to see the Northern Lights, swimming in a hot volcanic pool and standing precariously at the top of awesome waterfalls.


 Here's what some of them said:

"Overall it was fun, well worth every penny ... a once in a lifetime experience."

"The best bit was having our own house in a 100mph storm!!"

"Funniest moment ... I fell face first into the Blue Lagoon"

Although the trip was geared towards experiencing the unique sights the group also learned a great deal while in
Iceland, including the local impact of the 2010 volcanic eruption at Eyjafjallajokull, (they learned how to pronounce it too!) as well as finding out why the locals never turn their heating off - even in the summer, why there are only six different types of animal there, why the beaches are black and why Icelanders have no surnames.

An incredible trip with amazing people to a truly awesome country. What will our next adventure be?

GCSE Science Live (November 2013)


Professor Robert Lord Winston, Professor Andrea Sella and Professor Jim Al-Khailili are just three of the country's top
scientists that 22 triple scientists had the chance to see on Monday 25th November at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. 
These scientists explored various topics through lectures including IVF, why zebras have strips, brain development, visiting Mars and even time travel.  The day was fast-moving, exciting, thought-provoking and gave students the chance to raise issues with the scientists.  After the lectures to was great to hear students talking about the lectures and what they learnt.  It was very hard for the students to decide which lecture was their favourite. 


Boldly Going Where No Other Student Has Gone Before (October 2013)

During the week 28th October to 1st November, Year 8 pupils celebrated Space week. The theme for the week was "Reach for the stars".  The curriculum was refocused for the week and there were a variety of exciting team events including "Target Mars", "Martian soil testing" and a visit by StarChaser Industries.  Pupils were divided into teams or "mission crews during the week and collected merits.  Space week coordinator Dr Jackson believes "The week was such an enjoyable experience for us all.  Congratulations to Atlantis crew members who were overall

Medical Lecture (October 2013)

On 17th October we had a visit from Dr John Smith, Direction of Operations at Liverpool School of medicine.  He gave a great lecture to some year 11 and year 12 students (and their parents) on the search for a cure for cancer.  His lecture was very inspirational and many students stayed behind to ask him questions. He also gave advice about medical careers.  Mrs Bartonshaw said ‘His lecture was very interesting and reminded me of my lectures I had at University.  It was also great to see so many students staying behind afterwards to ask questions,"

Year 8 Crest Award ( September 2013)


Congratulations to four members of year 8 who obtained a bronze CREST award in science for their investigation work into vitamin C. There work is on display in B2 and the S Block. They researched many things about vitamin C and did various investigations. Their work then led them to design and investigate their own smoothie. 

Year 8 Visit To Chester Zoo (June 2012)

Another enrichment day saw year 8 visit Chester Zoo.  This is the third year in a row Science have organised this trip. Students were left with a mission to complete a scavenger hunt.  The aim being to find the names of animals that have various features including the animal that has the most hair to the animal that has lived at the zoo the longest.

Can you spot the animal in this picture?  If so which animal is it?


Year Ten Trip To Manchester Royal Infirmary For A Christmas Lecture (Dec 2012)


On Monday 10th December Mr Pearson and Mrs Bartonshaw took 21 year ten Triple Scientists to Manchester Royal Infirmary to watch an evening lecture called Nuclear Medicine: A different view of life.  It was presented by Professor Richard Lawson and his colleagues. Little did we know that this was a lecture with a little bit of a twist.  Most students as well as Mr Pearson and Mrs Bartonshaw were asked to participate in some way.  Mrs Bartonshaw did a great job of reading out the half-life of a radioactive substance whilst many students took part in various interactive demonstrations including using party poppers to represent radioactive decay. It really was a great lecture and very interesting.  It showed just how important nuclear medicine is in life and how Biology and Physics can work together in medicine.   



 Year 7 And 8 Walking With Dinosaurs-Competition (Dec 2012) 

Year 7 and year 8 students have been working hard to make entries for the competition ‘Walking with Dinosaurs', in which they designed, drew and named their own dinosaur. There were numerous entries from both years 7 and 8.  All entries were well designed and clearly thought out. The winner was Joseph Backs in year 8. Second place went to Katie Rogers in year7.


Year 7 Science Club Fossils (Oct 2012)

 Year 7 students worked with Mr Berry in the last session of year 7 science club before the October half term break. This time, the students were all focussed on fossils. Fossils are amazing things; they give us evidence of things that were once alive a long time ago. Many fossilised creatures and plants can be studied, even though many of them have been extinct for millions of years. Fossils can also be used to date rocks. Mr Berry showed the students a fossil of a creature that is called a trilobite; we estimate that it is 450 million years old! This is evidence that the Earth is very old indeed !
We then made some fossils' of our own, using a simple recipe. The technique uses plaster of paris, coffee cups and 2p coins. The 2p coins are acting as the dead creatures. After the half term break, students were very excited to see their fossil making results, and some of the students' results had been very successful indeed. 

Year 7 Science Club Survival Skills And Shelter Building (Oct 2012) 



The science club today involved solving a technological challenge; we were making models of shelters that would be suitable for people to use as emergency shelter after a natural disaster. The sorts of situations were such shelters might be needed were discussed, and we agreed that these could include tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes or even floods. Everyone set to working in small groups, using materials that had been salvaged from the paper recycling bins, wooden splints and loads of sellotape.
The results after such a short time were amazing! 
We had told the students that we were going to judge the shelters, to pick a winner, but the simple fact was, that all of the constructions were so well made and attractive
that it just didn't seem fair. Well done year 7, Mr Boyden.




Year 7 Trip To The Monkey Forest At Trentham (Oct 2012)

On the morning of Saturday 7th October Mr Boyden and Mrs Bartonshaw took 15 students (13 from year 7 and 2 from year 10) to the Monkey Forest, Trentham. Whilst there we walked around the forest where 140 Barbary macaque monkeys live in total freedom- there are no cages at all. We were all completely surprised by how big the monkeys were and how close they came to us.  We could hear lots of rustling in the trees and could see the monkeys crashing through the branches.  We were also lucky to see the monkeys being fed and we were told lots of information about them.  It was also great to see the baby monkeys playing and causing quite a lot of trouble for their parents.  It really was a fab day out and we even had some October sunshine.


Year 7 Science Club: Making Helicopters (Oct 2012) 


Science club this week involved the technological challenge of making paper aeroplanes and helicopters. Some of the paper aeroplanes were fly amazingly long distances and fly in a really stable way. When we made the helicopters, we found that they would take longer to fall if the wings were longer; which actually probably wasn't really a surprise to many of us.

Near the end, Miss Magee from the Technology department visited. She suggested that we all to come over to Technology on Thursday afternoons, to start a STEM project in making model aeroplanes. Year 7 scientists were happy
to accept the challenge

Some pupils said,

‘I really enjoyed making paper aeroplanes' Charlotte (y7)

‘I love science club,it's really fun' Phoebe (y7)



Year 7 Science Club Scientific Domino Challenge (Oct 2012)

Some year 7 students met at lunchtime to complete the scientific domino challenge. The children were very excited about the domino rally. Little did they know that the science department's domino - stash comprises of some 1,500 dominoes! Working in teams and against the clock, the children laid a track of dominoes that was some 30m long, incorporating ‘fire - breaks' to avoid a premature culmination to the challenge!


At the end of the activity, the domino trail was successfully set off and we think that about 600 dominoes were all made to topple over together.


So, the challenge to beat this ‘personal best' is laid down to next year's year 7 scientists The students were brilliant at the end of the session; tidying away all the dominoes and all the other equipment before the bell for the end of break. There were some requests to come back and have another go the next day.

Some pupils said:

"I thought it was amazing in Science Club when we used the dominoes' Millie (y7)

‘It was really funny and the end result was amazing' Alice (y7)

Year 7 Science Club Explosions (Sept 2012)

Some year 7 students met in S8 at lunchtime to see some demonstrations. Firstly, Mr Boyden filled some balloons with hydrogen. They look strange, floating on the end of a piece of thread. He blew them and they made a really loud explosion!Mr Palmer did his famous elephant toothpaste experiment and a green foam flew out and landed all over the table. Finally Mr Boyden mixed sugar with concentrated sulphuric acid. A huge black column rose out of the mixture.

Some pupils said:

‘I have really enjoyed the balloon demonstration' (Josh, y7)

‘I loved it when the balloons exploded. It made me jump!!!' (Olivia, y7)



Astronomy And Astrophysics Discussion Group (July 2012)


Mr Boyden, Mr Pearson, Mr McLean and Mrs Barker met a small group
students at the Earth and Space Observatory at Keele University. We had met to listen to a lecture delivered by Professor Rob Jeffries, entitled Black
Holes in General Relativity, moving on to Gravitational Waves and their

‘It was very informative but I didn't understand it all. I really enjoyed it, it was good, learning all the things about space' (Steven, y10) ‘It was a very
interesting and informative evening. I enjoyed it and would definitely consider going again' (Connor, y10)


Year 9 Visit To Liverpool Museum (July 2012) 

 Mrs Baronshaw, Mrs Garnett and Mr Boyden took a group of 44 students to the Liverpool Museum. The trip was intended to be an
experience of science engagement, for students who had chosen to follow triple award science in year 10.

We arrived at the museum in time to go into the planetarium, which was an awe - inspiring trip through the Solar System. We learned how the seasons,solar eclipses and lunar eclipses all work. Breath - taking! 

The students then split up into groups to do two further workshops. One of these was called ‘buglife', in which we found out about an amazing range of creepy crawlie creatures, including a tarantula, a scorpion and the most enormous millipede that we have ever seen!! We all really enjoyed the stunning collection of skulls, bones, shells and other bits of dead animals! The other session was called ‘Jet Propulsion Lab'; and we learned about the history of space travel, making rockets and the chemical reactions that are used to put rockets into flight. The speaker
carried out some amazing chemical reactions, including when he blew up a balloon filled with hydrogen. It was deafening!!
He also carried out the elephant's toothpaste demonstration, but it wasn't as good as Mr Palmer's legendary efforts; right here at the Malbank School.

 Year 9 had just enough time to spend some of their parents' money in the gift shop, before it was time to jump back into the bus, for the journey back to Nantwich. ‘I thought the trip to liverpool Museum was a huge success. I really enjoyed the day and want to say ‘thank you' to all of the year 9s who went with us; their behaviour was a great credit to the school' (Mr Boyden, science teacher). ‘I enjoyed the day at the museum. There was
lots of fun activities to do and I learned a lot of new things. My favourite was the planetarium and if I had the chance to go again I would!' (Rebecca, y9)
‘I enjoyed the trip because it was different
to the school day and would definitely do it again' (Dan, y9)

Year 8 Visit To Chester Zoo (June 2013) 

On enrichment day 170 year 8 students and 19 members of Malbank staff went to Chester Zoo. While they were there
students worked in teams to complete booklets about the adaptations and feeding relationships of the zoo animals.  They worked very hard and learnt lots of amazing facts about the animals.  They visited various parts of the zoo including the butterfly house, the bat cave, the reptile house and the aquarium.  At lunch time some students even played on the giant Noah's Ark.  All students I spoke to said they had a fab day out and were impressed by the number of animals at the zoo. However some pupils were disappointed that they couldn't see a real Dodo- I did remind them that Dodos are extinct! 
‘Chester Zoo was really good and I really liked the monkeys because they were funny but very smelly! It was really Good' (Emily, y8) ‘I really enjoyed it and it was well organised. Also my favourite part was when we went into the bat cave because it was interesting to see what it was like' (Matt, y8)

Sixth Form Open Evening - Tuesday 23rd October 6pm-8pm