At Chesham Preparatory school, we strive to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. We teach methods of scientific enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national and global level.
The aims of the Science Department are:
- Helping our children to acquire practical scientific skills
- Promote methods of scientific enquiry
- To promote curiosity, enthusiasm and interest in Science
- Encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing both present and in the future
- To prepare our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world
- Fostering concern about, and active care for our environment
- Encourage open-mindedness, self- assessment, perseverance and responsibility
- Enabling our children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data
How science is structured through the school
Planning for science is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of the National Curriculum Science, Science in the Foundation Stage and Common Entrance. Science is taught in the school and is about excellence and enjoyment, with a structured Science programme for all pupils.
At Chesham Preparatory School, this means that pupils entering in Year 1 will work within the guidelines laid down in Key Stage 1 Science and will then from Year 3 cover the Lower and Upper Key Stage 2 programme of study, up to and including, at least, level 4, by the time they reach Year 6. The majority of pupils will be a Level 5 by the end of Year 6. They will then proceed to work through levels 5, 6 and 7 of Key Stage 3 during their time in Year 7and 8.
It is important to realise that the National Curriculum guidelines place strong emphasis on learning through practical procedures, scientific investigations and processes rather than simply the accumulation of scientific data. Therefore it is important to ensure that all these aspects of Science are displayed in the teaching of Science at Chesham Preparatory School.
Junior School Science Year 1-4s
Science is taught by class teachers. In Years 1 and 2 children have 2 x 45 min of Science per week and Years 3 and 4 have 3 x 35 min per week. Pupils in Year 4 onwards are taught in specialised science labs by class teachers.
Senior School Year 5-8
Senior school Science is delivered by specialist science staff who seeks to ensure that pupils experience the three sciences biology, chemistry and physics. We aim to equip pupils with a broad framework of scientific knowledge and understanding which enable pupils to use the scientific method of enquiry across all 3 of the sciences. In Year 5 pupils have 2 x 75 min of Science per week, Year 6 pupils have 2 x 75 min and 1 x 40 min of Science per week. In Year 7 and 8 pupils have 1 x 75 min lesson of each Biology, Chemistry and Physics by a specialist teachers. Year 7 and 8 follow the Common Entrance Syllabus.
The Science curriculum throughout the school is designed to show continuity and progression throughout each year group.
Science Clubs and trips
The following science clubs are run in the school and are open to all pupils Year 3 and above; Wildlife Club, National Science Quiz Club, Environmental Club and Science Club.
Year 4: Rocks and Soils Day, Natural History Museum
Year 5: Whipsnade Zoo
Year 6: Aspire Science: Cross curricular day involving Science, Maths, Design Technology and computing. National Science Quiz Club.
Year 7 and 8: Select group Royal Society of Chemistry for an Activity Day at a local university.
Learning outside the Classroom
The school and the science department are currently developing further areas around the school to be promote learning outside the classroom. This includes a new pond area, a range of different habitats to be studied and a gardening area. This will be a specialised area not only to be used for science teaching but will also be integrated into the whole school curriculum, throughout all year groups.