Children gain scientific understanding from the moment they begin to interact with their surroundings. We aim to allow the pupils to grow their investigative and analytical skills as they move through the school using our wonderful labs and our beautiful grounds.
In the early stages of development, hearing, watching, and playing, children begin to establish rules about how things in their environment react and behave. From this they improve their judgements about safety and risk, about their ability to explore, to create, to invent and to enjoy. They discover and use their senses of hearing, seeing, touching, smelling and tasting, which can be sources of pleasure or otherwise, as their powers of observation develop.
Scientific learning in the early years extends and enhances this natural curiosity by providing children with the opportunity to apply and further develop the skills that they have already mastered. When pupils learn Science they are obtaining a set of skills and a body of knowledge that will be required for the essential routines of life; for work, for pleasure and for creativity in the future. Science really is an integral and essential component of the whole curriculum.
Aims of the department
- To develop an understanding of our world and the environment and making sense of it, primarily through exploration, investigation and independent learning of scientific principles.
- To enable pupils to take responsibility for their role in the maintenance of a healthy life, for both themselves and those around them.
- To gain the skills to work in an analytical and investigative manner.