Science at St Edward’s Prep School
The Science curriculum at St Edward’s has been designed with boys in mind. A practical-based approach is used to promote their understanding of scientific theory through investigations and hands-on activities. By linking the ideas learnt to the world around them, the boys develop a greater appreciation for the wonders of nature, new and future technologies and the mystery of the planets outside of our Solar System. The boys have the opportunity to create rainbows, design their own fireworks, observe animal and plant life cycles, hunt for creepy crawlies, build boats and learn how the body’s processes work.
In Pre-reception and Reception, the boys learn through play. Their observations and experiments are recorded and they are encouraged to think about the reasons why certain things happen. As the boys progress through Pre-Prep, they learn how to compare differences, make predictions, measure accurately and the importance of fair testing. Once they reach Year 3, they have their lessons in the Science laboratory – something that all of the boys really look forward to! The lab is fully kitted out with many resources including sinks, chemicals and working gas taps for chemical experiments. In Year 4 the boys earn their Bunsen burner licenses and will learn many practical techniques that most children do not get the opportunity to do until Secondary School. In Year 5 and 6 much of the emphasis of the Science lessons is on the boys utilising their understanding of scientific theory to solve real‑life problems. They are tasked with designing and carrying out their own investigations, recording their observations and writing a scientific conclusion.
From an early age, boys enjoy playing with cars. Making them go faster, making them crash, knocking over towers of bricks, jumping off ramps, skidding and sliding. At St Edward’s, we use activities such as these to explain key scientific concepts. In Physics, cars can be used to explain the effects of friction; why tyres grip and why icy surfaces make cars slide. How the aerodynamics of a car will affect its speed and which shapes are the most aerodynamic. The forces involved in the design and racing of a formula 1 car. In our STEAM lessons, the boys had the opportunity to put all of these ideas into practice when they designed and raced their own formula 1 car on a purpose-built track. This is just one example of how boy-focussed activities have been incorporated into Science lessons to make them dynamic, exciting and accessible.
It is my hope that by running an engaging Science programme that promotes curiosity and discovery, the boys will go on to become the next generation of inventors and scientists. Who knows, perhaps one day a boy from St Edward’s will embark on the first manned voyage outside of our Solar System…