The aims of Science are to enable children to:
- Ask and answer scientific questions and promote curiosity
- Plan and carry out scientific investigations using equipment, including computers and data loggers, correctly
- Know and understand the life processes of living things
- Know and understand the chemical processes of some materials
- Know and understand the physical processes of materials, electricity, sound, natural forces and light
- Know about the solar system
- Evaluate evidence and present conclusions clearly and accurately.
Science is taught in the classroom in the Junior School. From Year 3 it is taught in a recently updated, specially designed and well equipped Science Laboratory.
Year 5 & 6 enjoy 4 lessons of Science a week, which are as practical and hands-on as possible. During their lessons, pupils have the opportunity to plan and carry out investigations, make observations, carry out independent research and present their findings in a variety of contexts.
Learning is reinforced by trips and outings, to see ‘Science in Action’. These trips have included: The Science Museum and Natural History Museum in London, The Lookout Centre at Bracknell, Legoland to study Habitats, The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space, Mop End Field Centre in Amersham to study ‘Rocks and Soils’ and the Living Rainforest.
The Gayhurst Science Quiz Team was very successful in 2019 and reached the National Final which was held at The Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
We also have an annual STEM week, which focuses on the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). This is an opportunity for all pupils throughout the school to be involved in activities within these subjects. Visiting speakers, parent volunteers, workshops and in-class activities allow for a varied and exciting enrichment week within these fields of study.