Science is taught in our two fully equipped laboratories from Year 3 with practical investigative skills embedded at the heart of every pupil’s learning journey, with Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as separate disciples from Year 6 in accordance with the demands of the 13+ Common Entrance examinations. Lessons stretch and challenge our most able beyond the curriculum to become scientifically literate and to build links between science in the lab and in the real world.
Our Ecology topics are enriched by taking full advantage of the extensive 65 acre grounds, woodlands, meadows, the large natural pond, the walled garden, beehives, and bird feeding stations within the school site.
An integral part of science education is our collaboration with Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassadors from around the world who provide career information as part of our STEM Talks initiative, become mentors for the Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology (CREST) Awards and feature on our STEM Podcasts.
We instil confident scientific skills in our pupils by offering an extensive programme of enrichment and opportunity. Pupils who display outstanding commitment by actively getting involved are awarded a Science Ambassador position and become beacons of scientific excellence within school.
The workshops we run during the year include; Quirks Roadshow and the Astrodome, a trip to the Oxford Museum of Natural history and Survival Science. We also celebrate important dates with special assemblies, competitions, activities and lessons on; National STEM Day, International Women and Girls in Science Day, World Ocean’s Day and run daily enrichment opportunities during British Science Week.
We also develop our pupils learning and enthusiasm through; CREST Awards, The Oratory Prep Science Fair, The Oratory Prep Science Challenge Morning, the Science Focus Morning, after school Science Clubs and our weekly STEM Challenges which enhance non-curriculum science concepts.