Notting Hill Prep School explores Science at Bedales

16 year 7 pupils from London school Notting Hill Prep visited Bedales for a workshop on science at the start of the Spring term.

Bedales School

Bedales Head of Physics, Toby Hardy and Head of Chemistry, Michael Newman, gave a fascinating interactive presentation on the five senses and how science has extended these to build a greater understanding of the universe. The talk included plenty of practical demonstrations and hands-on work on the senses and how they can be used to perceive the world around us: glasses that turn the world upside down; tastes that only some people can experience; and making objects resonate to create sound were among the activities. It also included how our senses can be deceived.

The visiting students then went on to made their own pinhole cameras and spent time understanding how a lens could help create and focus an image. The children left with goody bags containing ‘taste and smell’ strips, a book mark, a yoyo and of course, their own pinhole cameras.

Romaine Butler, Head of Science at Notting Hill Prep said, “The children had such a wonderful time and have been chatting about it non-stop. It was a really inspiring day and gave me some new ideas too!”


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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