Science

Traditional methods of investigative experiment, practical, demonstration and fieldwork are employed, while embracing contemporary methods and technology such as data logging, simulation and modelling. Emphasis is put on multisensory learning and interaction. Science from Year 2 through to year 8 Common Entrance and scholarship science is taught in two purpose-built state of the art laboratories, Gurdon and Newton, opened in 2013. Year 5 to 8 science is taught by specialist teachers.


Aims 

  • To stimulate curiosity, interest in and enjoyment of Science.
  • To promote and provide pupils with learning and understanding about the physical and natural environment in which they live, the universe and life itself and the structure and function of their own bodies.  
  • Provide opportunities to experience and to develop analytical, investigative, practical and fieldwork skills.
  • Develop knowledge of hazards and safety.
  • Incorporate opportunities to utilise ICT in scientific contexts.
  • To promote understanding of how science is applied and relevant in everyday and technological contexts. 
  • To portray science in a manner that takes account of and promotes an appreciation of the issues of sustainable development, environmental impact of technology, morals and ethics, interdependency, biodiversity and conservation. To foster a positive and caring attitude towards living creatures and the environment.
  • To develop pupils’ abilities to interpret, analyse, evaluate and communicate scientific evidence and concepts. 
  • To provide intellectual challenge.
  • To develop and use scientific vocabulary to describe and explain the behaviour of living things, materials and processes.
  • To use standard measures and appropriate units.
  • To record and present information systematically using tables, drawings, charts, diagrams and graphs.

Objectives

  • Teach knowledge and understanding of Science according to:

    • the National Curriculum programme of study key stage 1 & 2;
    • those elements of National Curriculum key stage 3 encompassed by the ISEB Common Entrance 13+ syllabus, (other areas of the key stage 3 programme of study should be covered in Year 9 at pupil’s senior schools).
       
  • Develop SC1 investigative skills “scientific enquiry”: planning; obtaining and presenting evidence; considering evidence, analysis and evaluating.  Particular emphasis is placed on the relationship between the independent variables and dependent variables; controlling variables (fair testing), obtaining accurate and reliable results through repeat readings, predicting, graph work and interpreting results.  These National Curriculum SC1 attainment target skills are integrated into the host topics that comprise the other three National Curriculum science attainment targets:

    • SC2 life processes and living things, (Biology);
    • SC3 materials and their properties, (Chemistry);
    • SC4 physical processes, (Physics).
       
  • Foundation Stage. Reception science is built upon the elements achieved during Nursery Education and involves working towards and, where appropriate, beyond the early learning goals for the world.  This is one of the aspects in the Area of Learning and Development entitled ‘Understanding of the World.’

Science Teaching Methods:

  • Individual, group work or whole class teaching;
  • Practical work and demonstration;
  • Investigative work, (in the context of full, scaled down, part investigations or component skills);
  • Problem solving and mental work;
  • Oral questioning and discussion;
  • Written work;
  • Active learning tasks;
  • Independent learning tasks, (summer projects);
  • Use of video materials, simulation and modelling; 
  • Use of interactive board and interactive lessons;
  • Use of posters and visual aids on display in lab to support key points and skills;
  • Use of  ICT ( e.g. data logging, digital microscopes, web based learning resources)
  • And employing visual, auditory and kinaesthetic multisensory approaches to utilise different learning channels.