The Perse School

Building chemistry knowledge

17 May 2013

Chemistry moved out of the classroom and onto the construction site this week when pupils took advantage of the new building emerging at the Upper to see materials they have been learning about being put into use.

Y82Students watched from a temporary viewing area as reinforced concrete was made by pouring concrete into large moulds containing steel meshes.  They have recently been learning about the manufacture of steel from iron ore, and earlier in the year made small samples of reinforced concrete before testing it for strength.

The students quizzed the site manager and foreman and were impressed by the precision of the measurements. This prompted an interesting discussion about the inferior quality of construction in the recent tragic building collapse in Bangladesh.

Work on the new classroom building began at Easter. It will house the English and modern foreign languages departments in 17 spacious and light classrooms. The building will feature a large multipurpose area for assembly, performances, social events and exams – an invaluable flexible facility in a school with so much going on.

Many thanks to Morgan Sindall for letting us visit them at work.

May 2013

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