Ever wondered why ice floats and iron sinks? Why the grass is green and the sky is blue or how a mammal can lay eggs?
Science teaching at Brooklands School aims to give all students a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, today and for the future.
All staff in the science department are science specialists including the senior science technician and have a wealth of industrial experience between them. This passion for their subject allows them to inspire the students and provide them with the skills necessary to follow a career in science should they wish. Theory is heavily supported by practical work to allow the students to experience “how science works” through investigative purposes.
At classroom level students are given hands-on experiences working with technical equipment. We believe in a “science for all” approach and there is a strong emphasis on work-related learning. We have 2 fully equipped labs with gas and water, a dry lab and a fully stocked preparation room full of exciting resources to allow the students to carry out investigations and bring their learning to life.
Students study topics from simple life processes to how the universe works. These topics are revisited from KS2 to KS3 and previously gained skills in working scientifically are built upon and extended not just retaught. Some of the topics taught in more detail from KS2 to KS3 include body systems, biological processes, materials, light, electricity, forces, earth and space.
The science department aims to provide educational experiences that take into account the individual needs of students appropriate to their level of ability. Our scheme of work allow us to do this freely and easily without losing the concepts being taught. Classes are streamed in year 6, 7 and 8 into similar ability levels. Higher ability learners are stretched and challenged to allow the students to study and question the scientific phenomena at a greater depth. At KS3 there is scope within each unit to provide mastery tasks for those less able and extension tasks to stretch higher ability students with GCSE exam-style questioning.
Our carefully planned curriculum aims to ensure that all students leave Brooklands with a solid foundation of science knowledge to prepare them for their transition to Upper school.