Science

 

The aim of the Science department is to nurture inquisitive scientists with a thirst to understand the world around them.

We strive to bring science to life through engaging, hands-on activities. Girls are encouraged to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity through exploration.

We want the girls to see the relevance of science to their own lives, and potentially imagine future science-related careers based upon their school experience.

Learning

The curriculum spans a wide variety of topics encompassing elements of physics, chemistry and biology. Certain key topics and concepts are repeated across year groups, but with increasing difficulty and with a different focus each time, thereby enabling the girls to deepen and extend their understanding. By building up this body of key foundational knowledge, the girls are equipped with the means to predict, analyse and draw conclusions for themselves. We hope this will help them to better understand the world around them.

'Working scientifically' is an important element which permeates all aspects of science lessons. This focuses on the skills the children need to become accurate, careful and confident practical scientists. Children are expected to master certain skills in each year group and there is a very clear progression throughout the years.

We also want to engender a deep respect for the world around us and a sense of shared responsibility in caring for our planet – an ethos which filters across the school.

Juniors (KG to Year 2)

In the Juniors, the girls will be introduced to a variety of topics such as living things and their habitats, animals including humans, plants, everyday materials and their uses, seasonal changes, forces and movement, light and sound. They will develop skills such observing closely, using simple equipment, performing simple tests, identifying and classifying, gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

Seniors (Years 3 to 6)

In the Seniors, the girls will develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They will plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions; take measurements using a range of scientific equipment; record data and results of increasing complexity; use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests.

The topics introduced in the Juniors will be covered in greater depth and new topics introduced such as rocks and soil, forces and magnets, states of matter, properties and changes of materials, Earth and Space, electricity, evolution and inheritance.

A stimulating subject

Science is a stimulating and inspiring subject which helps to develop important lifelong skills such as observation, prediction and critical thinking; skills which facilitate learning across the curriculum. We hope that this might also be the beginning of a lifelong interest; a sense of wonder about the world around us today, in the past and in the future.

Ideas to enhance learning

  • Take a trip to the Science Museum, London Zoo or the Natural History Museum to help generate curiosity and engagement with science generally.
  • Find out about famous scientists and research unique and exciting inventions up to and including the present day.
  • Notice the science in the everyday, for example: cooking is a great opportunity to mix ingredients, add heat and examine changing states; taking a walk in the park is an opportunity to observe seasonal changes, collect leaves and notice patterns, discuss living things in their habitat.
  • Subscribe to a monthly magazine such as Science and Nature or Whizz Pop Bang for current news, amazing information, inspiring stories, mind-blowing facts, incredible pictures and fun activities.