Infusing a love of Science

From Early Years through to the Year 8, we aim to infuse pupils with a love of Science, knowing that their future will be powered by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics).

Science encourages the inquisitive minds of boys and girls to question what is around them and seek answers to their questions and provide explanations for their theories.  It is investigative, explorative and fun and wherever possible it is related to every day experiences.

Practical Investigations

In the Science Department, we love doing practical investigations – not only are they fun, but they are also a great way to learn about the scientific method. From a very early stage, we get the children talking about what they think will happen in their Science lessons and to have an opinion about the result of their investigations. This way they can start to build on their knowledge, regardless of whether they are right or wrong. Children are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively.

Although the syllabus is taught under the general heading of Science, it is comprised of Physics, Chemistry and Biology from Years 3 to 8. A selection of topics from the three sciences are covered each year, so that pupils are fully prepared to undertake examinations, including scholarships, in the three sciences.

In Year 3 and 4 we start to introduce some investigative skills including the concept of planning an experiment and describing a fair test, and we progressively build up to being able to plan an experiment effectively; record results with high levels of precision; analyse and explain their observations; and evaluate their investigation using prior knowledge and detailed scientific explanations.

Visits and Workshops

We support the children’s learning in lessons with a varied programme of visits and workshops, including the Norwich Science Festival, as well as by taking part in local and national Science competitions, such as the Top Class inter-school Science quiz.

Our older Year 7 and 8 pupils enjoy the opportunity to take part in a workshop provided by Engineering Tomorrow where they are introduced to the wealth of opportunities that a career in engineering can offer. Discussions about the importance of energy resources and how technology can help to feed, water and power a world population rapidly approaching 8 billion are amongst the variety of topics covered in Science. Working within teams, being creative and tenacious when designing something for a given task as well as reviewing their designs in order to make improve results, retesting in order to measure improvements made are all examples of skills and understanding pupils learn to develop.