School Values in Science
Individual and unique:
In science we look at links to the wider world and see that not all scientists wear white coats. We can show students that no matter what their own personal unique interests are, science is of value to them. Science itself is a unique subject as it not only encompasses three disciplines individually but when combined together, they explain how our world and the organisms on it work. Science is a combination of academic, theoretical and practical work. All students find aspects of science that they can excel at. This gives them confidence and an understanding that their own individuality is a strength, especially when students with different unique talents come together and work in a collegiate way.
The beauty of teaching science is a middle school is multifactorial. Children are taught by specialist teachers in purpose-built labs from the age of 9; unconstrained by SATs or GCSEs we can focus our teaching of the National Curriculum through practical work and investigative work. This means the children are engaged and this enables them to learn and in many instances to find their wonderful.
The science curriculum is designed to be challenging to all students which includes giving support to those that need it. We play our part in supporting the development of literacy and numeracy for our children by embedding these core skills in our Schemes of work. But pride ourselves that students learn the majority of their science through practical investigations. During these times children often have their WOW moments: when they see their own cells down a microscope; the first time they light a Bunsen burner and when they understand the patterns in the periodic table. These moments provide society with our scientists of the future.
During science lessons we take time to explore outside of the curriculum and try not to be restricted just to classroom-based learning. STEM days, external visitors and using the outside learning space all enrich and give a fullness to the students’ learning experience.