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Mixing and measuring, bubbling and boiling, fizzing, foaming and banging… these are just some of the words that describe the activities the children may be engaged in when they have a Science lesson!
At Pownall Hall School, science is considered to be an integral and essential component of the curriculum from reception onwards. Right from the very beginning of their time at Pownall Hall, pupils are encouraged to question how the world works and develop a sense of curiosity and excitement. This will equip them to explore and discover a deeper understanding of the world around them.
Pownall Hall has a large and well-equipped laboratory which is used by the children from the Early Years through to year 6. The children build on their skills, knowledge and understanding of the world around them through lots of practical activity.
The scheme of work is drawn from a variety of sources, including taking account of The National Curriculum, Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 and also the Independent Curriculum. The children are very much encouraged to try extension and challenge work, be it written or practical. They are able to use a variety of media, for example, iPads, laptops, and the Library for research and are encouraged to present their work in different ways, such as: PowerPoint presentations; posters; models; drawings; photographs and writing.
We are very fortunate to have within our grounds, our own pond for dipping and studying wildlife, a large wooded area to observe living things and a small animal area consisting of chickens and guinea-pigs. This is an extremely popular part of the science department and the children love when they have lessons outside exploring nature.
Recently we have introduced a Gardening club. The Parents’ and Staff Association has provided the funds for plenty of large planters and pots, and the children love planting and growing flowers and vegetables. Our first crop of vegetables is due this year, which will be taken to the kitchens to be cooked and added to the school menu for lunch.
The Science lessons are based upon an interactive approach in which pupils solve problems through scientific investigations. Practical experiments are carefully designed to illustrate concepts included in Common Entrance examinations. Pupils discover many scientific facts for themselves and this ensures that Science is a popular academic subject.
The school also offers a weekly Science club and STEM club. These clubs run after school and are always well attended.