The investigative ‘hands-on’ approach to learning science reflects the importance the department places on children finding things out for themselves.
Children love to explore their environment, both the natural one and that created by man. Science extends that intuitive sense of enquiry by encouraging them to predict, measure and explain their observations.
At all stages, emphasis is placed on the development of the key scientific skills: observing, hypothesizing, predicting, investigating, recording and interpreting. We aim for our pupils to leave not only with a robust knowledge and understanding of the world around them, but also the skills to find out more for themselves. This is the essence of being a scientist.
A continuous scheme of work is used through from Year 1 to Year 4, providing a consistent, well-structured approach and allowing ideas formed in the pre-prep to be developed when the children progress to the Lower School (Years 3 & 4).
In the Lower School, pupils come into the labs for specialist Science teaching with many opportunities to make links to other areas of the curriculum.
As they progress further through the school, children are encouraged to plan, carry out and report their findings in their own words, and to develop a good presentational style. They also learn to evaluate critically their findings and their own work. These are all crucial life-skills that will stand them in good stead as they develop into young adults.
We have two well equipped labs, the specialist “Rainbow Room” in the Pre-Prep and full use is made of the fantastic grounds, including the woods and pond.
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