Science

My aim for our Science curriculum is to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment through a practical approach that sees science within a wider body of knowledge and skills.

I want to enthuse pupils and encourage them to work both independently and as part of a team. We cover the National Curriculum and extended it considerably, with our own syllabus organised into physics, chemistry and biology topics to give our pupils an understanding of the three sciences.

We are an Associate School of The Royal Society, having been recognised for promoting excellence in our science teaching. We encourage our pupils to recognise the applications of science in the world around them and the implications of science for the individual and community.

Scientific curriculum highlights include:

  • Year 3 pupils are introduced to the Scientific Method – thinking and working scientifically. They explore the world around them, undertake scientific investigations and analyse their findings.
  • Year 4 ‘Why?’ Science day. A full day of Science investigations where pupils are encouraged to ask and think ‘Why?’. The day culminates with a question and answer session with visiting scientists who tackle the perceptive questions posed by Year 4.
  • Year 5 are awarded their Bunsen burner licence, work with acids and alkalis. The hotly anticipated ‘Science Sleepover’ includes a range of exciting and innovative activities at school to extend pupils’ understanding and experiences of the Classification of Animals.
  • Year 6 Pupils meet weekly to review child-centric Science books, then vote on their favourite and submit their views to The Royal Society.
  • Year 7 Get to grips with anatomy and physiology through hands-on dissection of animal organs including a pig’s heart.
  • Year 8 Pupils pose their own scientific questions, design and carry out practical investigations, analyse their results and present an interactive demonstration of their chosen concept. Their work is formally presented to the entire school community and guests along the lines of an Academic Scientific Conference.

Alison Price

Head of Science