The aim of the Science department at St John’s Beaumont is to stimulate the intellect, curiosity, interest and enjoyment of pupils, so enabling them to become familiar with a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary. We encourage the boy’s to develop informed opinions and to be able to support those opinions by logical argument. We recognise the important ways in which science affects the lives of people everywhere in the world and how it can be used to help make decisions, solve problems and carry out jobs which are done by ordinary people every day.
Our main aim is to stress that science is enjoyable and relevant to pupils’ everyday lives and so we aim to provide suitable science courses for all pupils in the school, regardless of age or ability.
The National Curriculum is used as the basic core with the IAPS Common Entrance Syllabus interwoven into the schemes of work. However, our primary aim is to ensure that pupils view the ‘process’ of science as a means to understand themselves, their environment and their place in the universe, rather than purely a means to pass exams. We aim to help to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding to the limit of their capabilities by personal involvement in experimentation and investigation and by the use of ICT facilities in the department and the school.
From Year 7 boys begin to study biology, chemistry and physics as discrete modules within their science lessons.
Lessons for the classes in the Junior and Middle school are taught by class teachers. Boys in the Upper School are taught by dedicated science teachers. We have a well-equipped laboratory which is used by all classes from Years 3-8.
The school pond and other areas of the school grounds are utilised to make learning in this curriculum area truly meaningful, relevant and enjoyable.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing”