The main aims and objectives for Science in the Prep school are for our pupils to develop a wide range of scientific knowledge and enquiry skills, which encourage the pupils to apply that knowledge and understanding to a variety of investigative situations.

Above all, we want our pupils to enjoy their studies in Science and take a lead in their learning through their own ideas and solutions.

During Key Stage 1, pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables and begin to understand the importance of recording the results and methods.

During Key Stage 2, pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. There are more opportunities to carry out systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. Different methods of recording are introduced as children communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.

Throughout the Prep School, all pupils have two 1 hour Science lessons a week, taught predominantly by their own class teacher. Prep 6 are taught in the senior school science labs, giving them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the environment and equipment. Prep 5 also have the opportunity to work in the science labs if the topic or lesson requires a more scientific environment!

During Key Stage 2, pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to make links between ideas and to explain things using simple models and theories. They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They begin to think about the positive and negative affects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts. They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own and with others. They talk about their work and its significance, and communicate ideas using a wide range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts and graphs.

Throughout the Prep School, all pupils have two 1 hour Science lessons a week, taught predominantly by their own form teacher. As the children progress into Upper Key Stage 2 (Prep 5 and 6), there are occasional opportunities where lessons are carried out in the Senior School Science laboratories, where pupils can familiarise themselves with common scientific apparatus when carrying out investigative work, as well as creating space and a more professional scientific learning environment for the pupils. This also prepares these pupils, in particular the pupils in Prep 6, for their transition into Senior School the following year.