BBC News School Report 2017

BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Using lesson plans and materials from this website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.

On Thursday March 16th, schools take part in an annual News Day, simultaneously creating video, audio and text-based news reports, and publishing them on a school website, to which the BBC aims to link.

Last year more than 1,000 schools across the UK took part on School Report, on the biggest ever School Report News Day.

Check out our news stories from the day below.

As part of our Healthy School Award and Science Week 2017 students at Dryden were set a mission to see if they could make toothpaste, hand wash and body wash which would rival the shops! Students and staff spent time researching rival products, checking out ingredients and observing chemical reactions to make their own product.

Key Stage 3 and Post 16b were squeezing all of their FRESH ideas out to make a minty toothpaste.

Let’s see what Key Stage 3 have to say about their chemical investigations:

Toothpaste Challenge – Class 1


This week is Science week and Class 1 have been looking at toothpaste. First we tried different toothpaste from shops. We   tested how they looked, smelled, tasted and felt. Jay thought the minty ones were revolting! Thomas and Lauren loved the strawberry ice cream flavour.

Then we made our own toothpaste. We made SHINE BRIGHT.

The first lot we tried to make red but it turned black. The next lot was far too salty. Then we tried to make mint choc chip flavour- it was DISGUSTING!! Finally we managed to make a nice one- we put in less baking soda and no salt with lots of mint flavour. It was the best! We even tested how it can clean stains and it was really good. We then made a magazine advert to sell our toothpaste- would you buy it??

Attempt 1:

image6This toothpaste was HORRIBLE – it was so salty and did not taste like mint at all! We were amazed that we coloured this toothpaste with green food colouring and it turned out to be pink – what a chemical reaction!



Attempt 2:

image7We decided to alter our recipe this time and make a toothpaste that had more peppermint essence in in hope that it would be more minty – oh how we were wrong it was still so salty! We did have another chemical reaction with this toothpaste as we tried to use red food colouring and this time it turned green – we could not believe it!



Attempt 3 – Final:

image8In attempt 3 we decided to double up the peppermint essence AGAIN and this time remove the salt altogether to see what would happen…This time we had made a minty fresh (with a hint of salt) toothpaste! We could feel it cleaning our teeth as we used it, although the black food colouring turned out mouths and the toothpaste black. We decided that next time we would definitely not use black food colouring but we could keep this minty fresh recipe.

Toothpaste Challenge – Class 2

Class 2 developed ‘DRYBRIGHT’ a special colour changing toothpaste with SALT POWER!

We had to complete some difficult market research finding out what we did and didn’t like about toothpastes – we decided we did not like the HOT toothpastes – these felt like they were burning our mouths!

We decided as a group that we wanted to make minty toothpaste – but not too minty we didn’t want people to spit it out. We had a recipe to follow:

  • 3 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cornflour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons peppermint essence
  • ½ teaspoon food colouring
  • 2-3 teaspoons of water

Toothpaste Challenge – Class 3

Class 3 made ‘MINTY TEETH’.

Class 3 investigated lots of different toothpastes and we found that some tasted very nice and some tasted simply horrible! We looked at how those toothpastes looked, smelt, felt and tasted.

During this time, Class 3 had lots of times to practice their brushing. The pupils were so proud of their white teeth and couldn’t wait to show their sparkling teeth to their grownups at home!

We then made our own toothpastes from lots of different ingredients. Class 3 split up into two groups and at first, the recipe amounts were hidden from us. One group, consisting of Abby Steele, Logan Winslow and Chloe Hook, ended up making their toothpaste too runny. The other group, who had Courtney Tomlin and two other students, ended up making their toothpaste too hard. We found out that we needed the correct measurements to make the toothpaste just right. We also explored different food colourings; Green food colouring made it turn into a funny pink colour. Red food colouring made it turn into blue! And black food colouring turned it black while blue food colouring turned it blue! We made lots of guesses before we mixed them – blue food colouring was our favourite!

After that we made some adverts for our toothpaste. We all made one each. In our adverts, some of the pupils had to think of some catchy names, and had to write some really persuasive sentences on why a person should buy their toothpaste. All the students then made lots of different choices to design their toothpastes with some fantastic logos on. Class 3 have decided and learnt that brushing your teeth is very important and a good toothpaste is what you need!

Toothpaste Challenge – Post 16B


In Post 16B we decided we would make some toothpaste. What an experiment we had! In Post 16B you all know how we love to use our senses to work well. Today however we did not want to use our taste buds and you will soon see why. The shop style was way better than ours!

Although Katie in particular turned her nose up at the peppermint toothpaste but devoured the strawberry ice cream flavour, we are sure Katie thought she was on holiday! Not so lucky.

We measured, mixed and even stuck our noses into everything and voila! We finally had a toothpaste after one ‘too runny’ failed attempt we ended up with a ‘disgusting salty one’ . Not our best creation!

Next KS4’s challenge was a handful, they had to work together to create a Hand wash which would not only remove stains and dirt but that would also smell fresh, let’s see how they managed

Hand Wash Challenge – Class 4


As part of healthy Schools Project we have been learning about brushing our teeth, keeping our hands clean and washing every day. On Tuesday 14th March we made three different hand washes as an activity for science week. In groups, we made three different types of hand wash, orange, lemon and water melon. We tested the hand washes by removing mud, paint and pen to see how well they worked. We also found out if we liked the smell of each one. We designed a poster to show what we found out and named our products Dryden Bubbles and Dryden Dirt Destroyer.

Everyone enjoyed using all three washes but the lemon flavour was class 4s favourite. Everyone agreed it was import to wash our hands to kills germs

Post 16 decided to get down and dirty and develop their own body wash, let’s find out if they managed to turn out squeaky clean.

Hand Wash Challenge – Post 16C

Post 16c investigated and made body wash. We started by discussing what we looked for in a body wash –

Amelia and Jordan said it must smell nice

Jack said he looked for the brand (Imperial leather was his choice and Clodagh showed a consistent preference for Dove)

Daniel W said it must look nice and Amy thought it would have to be yellow for her to buy it but Chloe said pink. Daniel A said ocean-green!

We then looked at 7 different body washes – and following tests on 5 of them chose Palmolive massage as the overall winner.

We tested them by looking at their appearance and presentation, feeling and washing with them, smelling them in the bottle and our hands after washing. We looked at how much lather they made and how good they were at cleaning off biro and permanent felt tip marker. We agreed that to be FAIR we have to do exactly the SAME to each one.

Testing …….

To make it FAIR we used numbers to identify each body wash.

Then we made our own …………….

We had a recipe to follow   (Please DON’T try this at home!!)

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ½ cup Castile soap
  • Essential oils


  • Amelia – looks yucky
  • Daniel W – disgusting
  • Daniel A – manky
  • Jordan – good!
  • Chloe – good!
  • Amy – no good
  • Jack – really bad I don’t like it.
  • Clodagh – turned her nose up!

We also made two adverts for our body wash – one we made before we made our body wash as we were thinking about how we would like it to turn out. The second we did once we’d made the body wash. We agreed that we had to be HONEST!!




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