Science is a core curriculum subject and is taught from Nursery through to Year 6.
From Foundation up to Year 3 the class teacher delivers the Science Curriculum. Topics covered each term can be viewed on the termly curriculum grids.
From Year 4 to Year 6, Science is taught by the specialist Science teacher in the Science Laboratory. Much of the curriculum delivered is linked closely to the QCA National Curriculum. However, from the beginning of Year 5 the girls follow a two year course based on the Common Entrance Syllabus, which takes them beyond the levels required at Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum. This ensures that any girl who pursues an Independent Senior School entrance is well prepared and those transferring to the local Grammar Schools are favourably placed.
Science should be a practical, ‘hands on’ positive learning experience which allows the girls to gain a greater understanding of the world around them.
Some of the Aims, Objectives and Skills which we want to instil…
- To provide opportunities for the girls to investigate concepts and ideas in a way that allows them to raise questions and design their own investigations whilst guiding them towards appropriate answers.
- To provide the experience to enable the girls to think and operate in a scientific manner by encouraging an interest in science skills and processes.
- To develop an enquiring mind.
- To have a positive attitude to Science.
- To develop the ability to plan a scientific investigation.
- To recognize what makes a fair test and the variables involved.
- To make observations and record results in tabular and graphical form.
At High March, Science is a popular subject and the girls make excellent progress as they engage whole heartedly in the learning process. Skills build year on year and knowledge and understanding deepen as topics become more complex.
The school has a well resourced Laboratory but learning takes place inside and outside the classroom, through theory and investigation and incorporates a number of Educational Visits, including the Science Museum and the Lookout Centre.