The best way to understand Science is to do it, see it, touch it, and – in some cases - smell it! Wherever possible, we teach Science practically, to give every child the opportunity to ‘get their hands dirty’, creating lasting memories and experiences that make the subject so much more accessible. This approach, combined with projects and outings, helps pupils to develop an understanding that Science isn’t confined to the classroom; it is all around us and plays an essential role in our everyday lives. At King’s Hall, we aim to challenge each child’s ability to hypothesise, plan and reason whilst simultaneously nurturing a sense of awe and wonder for the natural world. Above all, our job is to convey our passion and enthusiasm for Science, so that the children can’t wait to discover what the next lesson will reveal.
In the Pre-Prep, Science is delivered as part of the Knowledge and Understanding of the World curriculum; however, it is taught as a discrete subject from Year 3. In these early years the foundations of scientific enquiry are laid and the children are constantly challenged to solve problems but, most importantly, ask questions about the world around them.
As they move through the Prep School, Science is differentiated into the three separate subject areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. From Year 6 the ISEB Common Entrance curriculum forms the backbone of the syllabus and offers lots of opportunity for hands-on practical learning.
Science is by its very nature a process of enquiry, an opportunity to open doors for children, to encourage them to ‘dig down’ into the world around them and to seek out answers. We see every day as an opportunity for us to inspire and ignite a passion for our subject and to share our enthusiasm with the children.