‘Science makes sense of the world’
The science department’s aims are to:
- Stimulate curiosity, interest in and enjoyment of science.
- Help pupils to acquire a systematic body of scientific knowledge and to develop an understanding of science, recognising connections between different areas of science.
- Enable pupils to use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events and to understand applications of science.
- Develop an awareness of the impact of developments in technology on the environment and in other contexts.
- Develop experimental and investigative abilities, paying due regard to safe practice.
- Develop an ability to evaluate and communicate scientific evidence, and understand the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.
- Develop an awareness of science as a social and cultural activity which has strengths and limitations.
- Enable pupils to acquire a sound foundation of knowledge and understanding for future studies, and to facilitate the smooth transfer between schools.
In the Pre-Prep and Junior department, science is taught by class teachers. Pupils in Years 6 - 8 are taught by subject specialists.
A diverse and wide range of fascinating subjects
Biology, chemistry and physics topics cover these key areas:
- Energy, electricity and forces.
- Chemical and material behaviour.
- Organisms, behaviour and health.
- The environment, Earth and universe.
Outstanding facilities and opportunities in a beautiful environment
The science department is located in five large, purpose-built laboratories surrounding a grassed courtyard where the department’s wildlife feeding stations are located, housing a number of gerbils, ferrets, guinea pigs, toads and fish. The area also includes a large well stocked preparation room, a greenhouse and a bog garden.
The department has six teachers and a laboratory technician to ensure that each pupil has the opportunity to experience the positive and dynamic approach the department offers.
Each year our pupils take part in many national science competitions. A team of Year 5 pupils were the 'Quiz Club National Science Quiz' regional winners for 2013. Similarly some of our Year 8 pupils have gained both first and second places in the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry held at Bath University. Pupils also enjoy trips to locations including Paignton Zoo and the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.