Science is taught throughout the school following the guidelines laid down by the National Curriculum. We aim to encourage a love of science by using a variety of practical and investigative activities and experiments.
From Year 6, the curriculum is extended to include work from the ISEB Common Entrance syllabus. Pupils are taught by specialist Science teachers from Year 5 and the department includes graduates in the separate disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
In Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to further broaden their scientific knowledge and develop their interest by attending stimulating and inspiring talks and workshops from visiting experts. These talks are linked to the Lyceum programme and form part of the preparation for the Academic Scholarship which our more able pupils have the opportunity to sit. We maintain close links with the Science Department at Ampleforth College. In the past, year 8 pupils have attended a DNA workshop run by the Biology Department , a data logging session run by the Chemistry department and a talk about the speed of light given by the Physics department.
With purpose built, well equipped laboratories and extensive school grounds which include a variety of habitats, there is ample opportunity for investigative work to enhance the pupil’s scientific experience .
Pupils are given many opportunities beyond the formal curriculum ranging from fieldwork at the Cranedale Centre to Science Challenges at local senior schools and workshops at York University. All of these serve to make pupils aware of the opportunities Science has to offer in the wider world.