Upper School Science

Skills

Curiosity and independent logical thought are encouraged. Pupils are taught to work safely, co-operate with others, plan investigations and communicate their ideas using scientific language.  They learn to use laboratory apparatus effectively and to accurately record their findings.  In addition, they are expected to ask questions and apply what they have learnt to other situations. 

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Philosophy

First and foremost, Science is presented as a fun, practical and awe-inspiring activity.  Homework assignments sometimes have an optional hands-on component, hence parental support is welcome.

An understanding of Science is essential for the individual and humanity.  Pupils should understand the relevance of this subject in their everyday lives.  Health and the environment are particularly important areas of study.  They learn about the importance of a balanced diet, good hygiene, exercise and the dangers of smoking.  Global issues addressed include famine, disease, deforestation, recycling, renewable energy, climate change and pollution.  Furthermore, they are kept informed about some of the latest technological advances and exciting future possibilities such as space exploration, artificial intelligence and advances in medicine.

Scientific ideas are often introduced from a historical perspective.  Pupils learn about the work of great scientists such as Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Curie and Einstein.

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Curriculum

School entrance examinations at 11+ and 13+ are based on the National Curriculum for Science.  We aim to cover all the necessary topics in the ISEB Syllabus and offer extension work wherever possible.

The terms Biology, Physics and Chemistry are generally not used in lessons until Year 7 and 8. However, a balance between these branches of the subject has been arranged for each academic year throughout the school.

The Science curriculum is enhanced by a variety of school trips to venues such as the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Royal Institution.  Field studies are conducted in collaboration with the Hampstead Heath Education Centre.