Science is a wonderful subject – a subject of exploration and questions. Investigations are utilised to provide proof for theories and in the process life skills are learned. This term children have already developed skills in: observing, predicting, interpreting, making hypotheses, classifying, communicating, recording, fair testing and drawing conclusions from the evidence provided.
During the experimental process pupils are all encouraged to respect evidence, tolerate uncertainty, reflect critically, perseverance, be creative, be open minded and work co-operatively.
The children enjoy the opportunity to partake in practical experimentation, and where possible there is a practical element to every lesson. The art of recording an experiment in the form of a ‘write up’ brings the children into a world-wide accepted form of scientific language and ‘lay out’. They are learning to be a part of an academically driven, developmental, thoughtfully rigorous world community – and all this is in preparation for their Common Entrance Exams and Public School Scholarship.
It is interesting, watching the news and listening to the radio, and then reflecting upon how many of our politicians in these uncertain times are utilising the skills listed above – skills that many of them will have honed in their own science lessons while at school.