|Tuesday, 19 February 2008|
aim is to develop our pupils' natural sense of curiosity about the world and to
help them build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding whilst
developing a thorough methodology.
Science is a core subject and develops skills vital to all curriculum areas. Whilst "messing around" and having a good time the children are learning the basics of scientific methodology; the making and testing of hypotheses, how to design a fair and controlled experiment. They are also developing skills; observation, prediction of outcomes, recording and evaluation of evidence and the application of critical reasoning in order to arrive at a meaningful conclusion.
In the Preparatory School Science is taught by class teachers to J1 and thereafter as a specialist subject and is topic based. Topics are broad based, developed on the lines of KS1 and KS2 of the National Curriculum: Life Processes and living things; Materials and their properties; and Physical processes. Interactive, hands-on experiments are used to introduce concepts by means of practical experience.
Howell's has a garden and wildlife areas extensively used to demonstrate ecology and science related concepts. There are also occasional after school clubs relating to gardening and wildlife.