Aims and Ethos
Science at The Study provides opportunities for channelling natural curiosity into systematic observations, measurement and testing of ideas. Our main aim is that the girls will develop a variety of attributes through science activities, such as respect for evidence, creativity and inventiveness, sensitivity to the living and non-living environment and the ability to collaborate and co-operate with others. The girls come to understand the nature of ‘Scientific method’, involving observation and the making and testing of hypotheses. They learn to design fair and controlled experiments, to draw meaningful conclusions through critical reasoning and to evaluate evidence. Through Science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological changes which impact on industry, business and medicine, and improve quality of life. They will begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
At The Study, we recognise the importance of an investigative approach to Science, which is taught through four programmes of study: Scientific Enquiry, Life Processes, Materials and Physical Processes. We set work that is challenging and motivating, and encourages the girls to develop their thinking skills.
In Reception, girls are introduced to the fascinating world of Science through topics that are familiar and of interest to them. As they progress through the school they are encouraged to question, devise fair tests and develop scientific vocabulary. From Year 5 onwards the girls have lessons with a specialist Science teacher in a fully equipped laboratory.
The Study is well resourced for experimental work. At Spencer House most of the equipment is stored in the Science laboratory. We have a wide variety of reference books, DVDs and CDs. Our plentiful ICT based resources include digital cameras to record investigations and data loggers which enable us to take light, sound and temperature readings. The data loggers can be linked to computers to sort information, produce graphs and compare results.
Beyond the Classroom
The girls’ scientific understanding is further developed through hands-on workshops and many exciting visits to places of interest, such as The Science Museum, Kew Gardens and London Zoo. In Year 4, the girls attend an Environmental Science based residential trip to a field studies centre, Juniper Hall in Surrey, where they experience a variety of fun and stimulating activities. For those girls who have a particular interest in Science, there are weekly clubs at both Houses.