“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” - Albert Einstein
The core of every science lesson at Quainton Hall School is about developing every pupil’s curiosity of the world around them. They are encouraged to think creatively, observe phenomena, ask questions and to develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. This means they can make progress and become independent learners.
In the Pre-Prep (KS1), the science curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. It is broad, well balanced and allows pupils to experience and observe phenomena.
The children are also encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice through their first hand practical experiences, relevant real life examples and current affairs.
In the Prep School (KS2 and KS3), the ISEB 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance specifications are covered and our pupils achieve impressive results.
Pupils enjoy taking part in our scientific debates: Topics include “Should animal testing be banned?” and “What are the arguments for and against renewable or non-renewable energy?” These debates allow pupils to gain more in depth knowledge of such topics, and they can question the ethical issues related to science.
Exciting practical experiments are carefully designed and incorporated into lessons to enhance pupils’ understanding of scientific concepts. Pupils are regularly assessed throughout every academic year to ensure they are all making progress and reaching their potential.
In Prep 1 - 4 scientific concepts are introduced in a fun, imaginative and practical way.
In Prep 5 - 8, science is taught by the Head of Science, who is a subject specialist, in a fully equipped laboratory. Pupils study all three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as part of the science curriculum.
Pupils have numerous opportunities to explore science outside the classroom through events and workshops such as Animal Roadshows, National Science Quiz Competitions, attending the Salters’ Institute Festival of Chemistry event at UK’s leading universities such as UCL or Imperial.
P5 had great fun testing the properties of different materials in their lessons this week!
Prep 3 have created some out-of-this-world displays as part of their Science projects on the Solar System.