Science

Wonder and curiosity are key in our department. These years are crucial to build pupils’ confidence, fascination and the skills that they will use for the rest of their lives, be it studying at university, making key discoveries, simply choosing how to insulate their homes or make sound decisions about their medical needs. They are also the years when there is a true wonder to the study of Science; the first time they ever truly understand how forces act on objects or how our eyes perceive the world. We are constantly impressed by how much boys can absorb at this age and we adore the challenge of answering their constant questions.

Science is the study of the world around us. Science enables us to make informed choices about the way we lead our lives and interact with our surroundings.

Science can be separated into 3 main disciplines:

  • Biology: the study of the life and living processes of plants and animals
  • Chemistry: the study of materials and their properties
  • Physics: the study of physical processes including forces, electricity, magnetism, light and sound.

Our aims are:

  • To develop an interest in and awareness of the increasing importance of Science
  • To present boys with opportunities to carry out practical Science so that they can develop investigative skills, make observations and record data to inform their understanding of the world around them
  • To prepare the boys for entrance (including Common Entrance) and scholarship exams.

In the Junior House, Science is taught by year group teachers and is tailored to meet the demands of the National Curriculum and Independent School Examination Board syllabus for science, as well as preparing them well for more complex work in the Senior House. Children at this age naturally have many questions about both the world they live in and beyond. We aim to provide them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to answer these questions. A range of quality resources are used to deepen their learning experience and we believe that investigations are the driving force behind the teaching and learning of science.

In the Senior House, science is taught by two specialist teachers in a fully-equipped and purpose-built laboratory. Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoy two Science lessons per week, while pupils in Years 7 and 8 enjoy three lessons per week to prepare them for the rigours of the 13+ Science Examination and cover content that reaches into the beginnings of Key Stage 4.