“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.”
Why Study Science?
Our brand new Science Faculty provides a stimulating environment in which our pupils can experience science 'hands on,' hence our belief that 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 and plays an essential role in our 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. From Year 3 pupils are able to access the state-of-the-art facilities that our new science laboratories offer. The children follow the ISEB 11+ syllabus and, in these early years, the foundations of scientific enquiry are laid. 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 13+ 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.
The Tortoise Society
Our lovable tortoises, Turbo and Everest, have become such a part of the furniture here at King’s Hall that it seems almost absurd to think that they only arrived on school soil in August 2018. The cheeky duo – along with Snoops – are the talk of the school, having cemented their place not only within the school community, but also as part of our science and technology curriculum. Throughout the year, they are looked after by The Tortoise Society. Members of this group are required to bathe, weigh and feed the tortoises on a daily basis, and to ensure that other pupils handle them correctly – it's not as easy as you'd think!