At Queen's College Preparatory School, science is considered to be an integral and essential component of the curriculum. Science enables our pupils to obtain a set of skills and a body of knowledge that will be essential for life, for work, for pleasure and for creativity in the future. Our aim is to provide the children with the strongest possible foundations for the work they will tackle at Senior School, so that they may not only be successful but also enjoy the subject and develop an understanding of the world around them. However, science is not taught simply to prepare pupils for qualifications and we strongly believe that scientific learning in the early years extends and enhances natural curiosity by providing children with the opportunity to apply and further develop the common skills that they have already mastered.
In the lower years (Reception to Form III) science is taught by Form Teachers who focus on introducing important scientific concepts in child-friendly, hands-on experiments.
Reception - At this age, science is studied as part of ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’, and the aim is to help the girls to make sense of the world around them. They will learn to develop their skills of observation, prediction, critical thinking and discussion; skills which will come in useful throughout their time at school.
Form I and II– In these years, the girls are encouraged to develop their scientific observation skills and begin to explore specific topics within the science curriculum including: the human body, identifying materials, light, plant growth, keeping healthy, life cycles and animal habitats. The girls develop their scientific enquiry skills further in Form II and they are taught to perform simple tests, gather and record findings and make conclusions about their findings.
Form III – In Form III, the girls develop their enquiry skills further and are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of fair testing. The girls begin to study more complicated topics such as forces, magnetism, rocks and soils, light and animal and human skeletons.
Forms IV - VI are taught by a specialist Science teacher and lessons take place in the STEM Room. 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.
Science at QCPS tends to be very practical and hands-on. In lessons, our pupils will enjoy a practical component and often this goes beyond the confines of the syllabus. Pupils are encouraged to explore a range of scientific areas; satisfy their own intellectual curiosity and develop their abilities to reason and draw worthwhile conclusions. We are fortunate to have the use of a large local garden which we use to teach topics such as plants, wildlife, habitats and the concept of light and shadows.
2017-18 has been an exciting year for science at QCPS with the completion of a multi-purpose, state of the art, STEM Laboratory. The purpose of this room is to not only develop the girls' skills in Science but also to explore and develop skills in Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. With the help of passionate teachers, specialist equipment, apparatus and top of the range ICT resources, we aim to engrain a lasting passion for the sciences and other STEM subjects. Alongside our fantastic resources, we also organise enriching trips to various venues across London and beyond as well as hosting workshops and events from space domes to chick hatching!
Mrs M. De Guise
Head of Science