The Spratton Hall Science Department strongly believes that Science is one of the most important subjects children encounter at school, as it answers so many of the questions that children have about everyday life. We strive to answer these questions through a practical, hands-on approach to Science wherever possible. We have excellent and experienced members of staff teaching the children and have three modern laboratories. All the children in the Prep school, from Year 3 to Year 8 have their Science lessons in the laboratories. This enables the children to get a real ‘feel’ for Science from an early age; they become used to the surroundings and confident in their working space, so they can work independently as they meet more challenging science in the senior years.
We have Smartboards in all of the labs which enriches our teaching and the pupil experience as we use them to broadcast videos for PowerPoint presentations, useful internet websites, video clips and photos of experiments and interactive learning games.
General Science is taught to all children from Year 3 to Year 6 in the laboratories. This allows the children excellent access to quality teaching, facilities and equipment which means we have very high standards of scientific achievement in the school. There is a strong emphasis on practical investigation and discovery, which helps enthuse and engage children with science at an early stage. We try and relate their studies to the real world wherever possible to make it relevant to the children and give the study of science some purpose.
Science is split for the pupils in Years 7 and 8 into the 3 distinct Sciences – Biology, Physics and Chemistry. We teach the Common Entrance Syllabus in preparation for the examinations at the end of Year 8. The 2 year course in each area is very intensive, pushing the children on in terms of their practical skills, their knowledge and understanding of each subject. Our results for each subject are consistently good each year, and children usually leave Spratton feeling they are confident and competent scientists.