Science

In Science, we aim to build on children’s natural curiosity of the world around them by offering rich and stimulating scientific experiences, and to develop an investigative approach to problems.

Key Stage I

Key Stage I builds on EYFS experience where activities are based on everyday observations and exciting investigative activities. Children develop their knowledge and understanding of topics through hands-on experience. They use their senses and above all have the opportunity to develop their natural curiosity to ask questions and investigate the world in which they live. Topics include Life Cycles, Forces, Materials and Living Things in their Environment. The curriculum is enhanced through the use of the school grounds for activities such as Listening Walks and Habitat Studies. Girls also visit places of scientific interest such as Amersham Field Centre, London Zoo and Cotswold Wildlife Park.

Key Stage II

The Science curriculum for Key Stage II covers the strands of Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties, Physical Processes and Scientific Enquiry. Although Science is taught as a discrete subject, cross curricular links are made where appropriate to further the children’s knowledge and understanding. All lessons are taught in our very well-equipped Science building, with support from dedicated laboratory technicians. As they progress through the Junior Department, girls develop their understanding of scientific concepts through practical first-hand experiences which build confidence in tackling problems independently. Practical experiments develop their skills in scientific enquiry and their understanding of the collaborative nature of Science as they work together on investigations.

The teaching of Science is also extended through projects, presentations, displays, school-based workshops and out-of-school learning opportunities to carefully selected venues. As a registered Eco-School, we foster fascination and interest in Science and develop children’s understanding of their local environment.