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Science


Through our teaching of Science we hope to harness the children’s excitement and natural curiosity for the world around them, giving them opportunities to explore their surroundings and to understand what they see. The curriculum for Science is based on the National Curriculum and aims to ensure that all children develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry.

 

We aim to develop understanding of the nature, process and methods of Science through different types of enquiry. We encourage children to ask questions, providing them with the resources and opportunities to satisfy their enquiries. Children are taught to plan and carry out investigations, consider the evidence they collect and evaluate their work either independently or collaboratively. They are encouraged to communicate their findings, applying their knowledge of mathematical techniques and using appropriate scientific vocabulary.

 

Children are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science both today and in the future. We aim to enable the children to apply their scientific knowledge and understanding to solve problems in everyday life and to make sense of the natural and man-made world. Equally they are encouraged to consider the effect that man has on the natural world. Children are also taught to recognise hazards and risks.

 

Younger children are taught Science by their form teachers whilst older children in the Prep School are taught by our Science specialist. We are very fortunate in being able to use a fully equipped Science laboratory and adjacent pond and wildlife area to enhance delivery of the curriculum. In addition, use is made of local environmental education centres, visiting scientists and theatre groups and the wide range of scientific institutions and museums in London.