Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie
Science is everywhere! Science is fascinating and creates memories! Because of this, our approach to teaching this subject is practical – based, multi – sensory and incorporates a range of learning and teaching styles from Reception to Year 8. Through their science lessons, students relate topics to everyday situations experienced, enabling them to apply what they learn in school, outside of the classroom context.
The values underpinning this approach are practical science, safety, teamwork, quality and excellence, risk taking, communication, reflection, Science for life, respect and scientific literacy and skills.
Excellent science education at Orley Farm School is a vital preparation for scientific literacy in later life. At the same time, as well as preparing our students for their next step in education, it may produce future specialist scientists, technologists and engineers.
Head of Science
Science in Pre Prep is linked to Creative Curriculum and is all about hands on experiences, which evoke curiosity and a sense of awe and wonder in the pupils. At this early phase in their education, we focus on developing pupils’ thinking skills. Work is recorded using a mixture of photographic evidence, pictures, drawings and writing to act as an aide memoire.
In Years 3 and 4, Science is taught through the Creative Curriculum allowing pupils to form connections between subjects with the aim of broadening their scientific view of the world around them. Pupils are actively involved in a range of scientific experiences, which enable them to extend and develop their curiosity, resilience and initiative. Through gathering, recording and presenting data pupils can begin to draw conclusions and make future predictions. Pupils’ investigative talents are developed further by transferring their skills into one of the two laboratories from Year 5.
In Upper school, Science is heavily practical – based with opportunities for experiments or demonstrations in the vast majority of lessons. Because of this approach, our students not only have an excellent knowledge of the subject but they also have exemplary practical skills.
The emphasis at this stage is heavily, but not exclusively, based on senior school entry. The development of self-confidence and independence, whilst introduced at a much younger age, is more prevalent now, enabling the pupils to cope with the unexpected and be prepared for future challenges.