Halstead

Preparatory School for Girls

Science

Science is about understanding the world.  This important life skill is developed through engaging science education, by tapping into children’s natural curiosity.  The science lessons at Halstead are relevant, stimulating and have a hands-on approach.

Science is a subject that lends itself to active participation by every pupil, encouraging them to develop and improve their independent thinking skills.  Children learn best when they find their lessons enjoyable and ‘working scientifically’ underpins every investigation undertaken.  The girls are equipped with a fundamental base of knowledge and concepts, allowing them to apply these in new situations.

From Nursery through to Year 2, the girls are taught by their Form Teachers, initially as part of ‘Understanding the World’ in the Early Years and from Year 1 as ‘Science’.  They learn to work scientifically from an early age and to question and appreciate life around them, both plants and animals.  Our methods of enquiry and investigation stimulate creative thought, develop a systematic approach to problem solving and allow development of observation and practical skills.  In these younger years, they also learn about the seasons and about different materials and their properties, electricity, habitats and life processes.

From Year 3, the girls are taught by a subject specialist in a dedicated bespoke science laboratory.  Their science education encompasses the three disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.  The lessons often contain practical elements and whilst learning is always fun, critical thinking is also encouraged at all times, and through discussion using engaging questioning the girls learn to query and adjust their views.  They develop their use of scientific vocabulary when reporting their thoughts and results.  We continually help build their self-confidence as they progress through their school years.

It is important for the girls to value the role of science in the world and to understand that they may become our future generation of scientists.