Science helps us understand the world around us and can extend and enrich our lives. Our aim is to capture the imagination and the natural curiosity of our pupils so that they are able to develop a real interest and excitement in Science and its applications and relevance to everyday situations.
At OBH, pupils are introduced to Science in the Pre-Prep and there is a Pre-Prep Science Club which takes place on Friday afternoons in one of the three specialist science laboratories. From Year 3, pupils have all their science lessons in the laboratories, which were completely refurbished in 2010.
Modern teaching methods, including plenty of ICT and the use of interactive whiteboards, are employed and the children are given as much “hands on” work as possible: through this they learn how to handle equipment with confidence and how to observe and record. Science at OBH is enjoyable and exciting for the children and their learning is enhanced by a variety of outings: over the last two years these have included the Big Bang Fair, the British Science Festival, the Natural History Museum, the Leicester Space Centre and a Physics workshop at Cambridge University.
Our science schemes of work have recently been reviewed with regard to the new Independent Curriculum which supports the development of pupils’ learning in a more exciting way. As children progress through the school, so their time for science will increase so that by Years 7 and 8, they will have 210 minutes of Science per week.
Mr C Bunting