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Biology Students Simulate a Virus Outbreak

Whalley Range students took part in National Biology Week this October (9th-13th) through a whole range of interesting and exciting activities, included a simulated virus outbreak.

The outbreak of ‘Purpilitis’ struck Year 8 students across the school, whom if infected had to seek treatment from our specially trained student medical team. The activity was used to model the spread of a virus as part of the ‘Heath and Disease’ topic in science. This gave students a really good insight into how viruses can spread and how they can be treated.

Miss Alderson (Teacher of Science) said of the simulation:
My Year 8s were really enthusiastic about doing the Purpilitis task. They got really involved and learnt a lot about how infections spread.

Our Year 8 students really enjoyed the activity, one student said:

I think that the Purpilitis disease was a great way to get everyone involved (in National Biology Week) and have fun.

Key Stage 3 and 4 students took part in National Biology Week too by entering the Royal Society of Biology #BioArtAttack competition. This was a national competition providing students with the chance to think creatively about the biology to create something that brings together science and art. Miss Jansen (Teacher of Science) said:

It was fantastic to see the students producing really creative artwork of biological animals and experiments – even some that were 3-dimensional!

You can learn more about National Biology Week 2017 on the Royal Society of Biology website.


The Year 8 Medical Team hard at work diagnosing a severe case of Purpilitus

Artwork created by students as part of the #BioArtAttack competition
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