“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
They say “Love makes the world go round” but we all know that in truth it is Science that does this. Our aim is to excite children about the world around them and to promote an enquiring mind about how things work; to encourage the children to keep asking ‘Why?” and “What if?”
From the Pre-Prep to the end of Year 8 the children learn about the world around them as well as their roles and responsibilities within it. A combination of highly interactive, as well as traditional methods of enquiry is employed, to encourage a love of discovery. We learn the most through direct experimentation: ‘doing’. Then we assess our results, drawing valuable conclusions from any unexpected outcomes! We use our own school premises as much as possible to explore habitats and the environment and we also incorporate trips to a wide variety of interesting sites including the annual Big Bang Sussex Science Show, The Science Museum, Wakehurst Place, Herstmonceux Observatory and the British Wildlife Centre to help bring the subject to life. In the Autumn we have a week dedicated to Science which involves a variety of presentations – past events have included a rocket that will actually go to space, Ian B Dunne with his Magic Science Show and interactive workshops from the Science Museum and Animazing.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’
The children are assessed according to the ISEB curriculum for 11+ and 13+ which is based on the National Curriculum. They are taught Science from Reception through to Year 6 and in Year 7 and 8 they start to study the separate disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The staff who work in the department have scientific backgrounds and are as passionate about learning as they are about teaching. We aim to ensure that the children leave Cumnor, not only with current knowledge in the subject but, with an interest and respect for their ever-changing world.
Science Week – September 2015