Science encourages the inquisitive minds of boys and girls to question what is around them and seek answers to their questions and provide explanations for their theories. It is investigative, explorative and fun and wherever possible it is related to every day experiences. At Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall, emphasis is placed on practical work and field-work to reinforce the theory. Children are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively.
Although the syllabus is taught under the general heading of Science, it is comprised of Physics, Chemistry and Biology from Years 3 to 8. A selection of topics from the three sciences are covered each year, so that pupils are fully prepared to undertake Common Entrance examinations in the three sciences or Scholarship examinations to the school of their choice.
School facilities include a well-resourced laboratory used by pupils in Years 5-8. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 are taught in their classrooms, using additional specialist resources from the laboratory. The School enjoys outstanding grounds for fieldwork, including a woodland, grassland, a pond and the river. Lessons may take place outside the classroom whenever it is meaningful to do so within the parameters of the curriculum.
The laboratory is equipped with a wide range of apparatus for practical work, an interactive whiteboard and the latest text-books.
The curriculum is further enhanced by carefully planned, related experiences beyond the school gates and visits from specialists in their fields. For example:
Year 3 enjoy growing their own potatoes as part of ‘Helping plants grow well’ and as part of the British Potato Council’s competition for primary schools. They also visit a farm to see food production on a commercial scale.
Year 4 visit to How Hill allows them to explore different habitats further.
Year 5’s work on Life Cycles is put into context with a talk on the Life Cycles of Bees.
Year 6 visit England’s only whisky distillery to reinforce their learning of distillation and anaerobic respiration and to promote their understanding of scientific principles in a commercial situation.
Year 7 enjoy rock pooling at West Runton and learn more about the incredible fossil beds that exist there.
Year 8 spend a day at the Norwich Research Park, a thriving science and innovation park where world leading scientists are engaged in multi-disciplinary research.
Whole school science days are a feature of the school calendar, for example Egg Landing Project Day. These days may involve children working with their year group or in mixed age groups.
The Head of Science is a member of the Teacher Scientist Network Steering Group.