TEACHING TO A HIGHER STANDARD
Science is central to our understanding of the world and our aim in teaching science is to reflect the importance of the subject in our everyday life. We strive to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment through a practical approach that sees Science within a wider body of knowledge and skills.
The science curriculum is delivered by the form teacher in Pre-School and Pre-Prep, and by specialist teachers in Prep, in a purpose-built Science Room. We cover the National Curriculum and have extended it considerably, to give our pupils an understanding of the three sciences.
We encourage pupils to develop the skills necessary to explore and investigate a full understanding of scientific issues. We want our pupils to be able to use science to explain why things happen. Through study, pupils begin to understand how science shapes and influences the quality of our lives.
A practical approach is taken to all learning – science lessons are packed full of hands-on experiments and investigations. In this way we aim to stimulate curiosity and enjoyment. We encourage pupils to think of themselves as scientists and to appreciate that science is not a final qualification, but a way of thinking, and a gathering and creation of thoughts and theories.
We are also part of the Royal Society Schools Network and encourage our pupils to recognise the applications of science in the world around them and the implications of science for the individual and community.
We encourage pupils to work both independently and as part of a team as they learn that knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. Our science curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils leave us with the skills needed to become accurate and practical scientists.
By Year 6, pupils should be able to plan and carry out a fair test by using equipment accurately and taking exact readings or measurements. They are also expected to be able to draw conclusions from their results and record them using a range of graphs and charts.
— Bill Nye