The Granville promotes the importance of Science as a vital component in helping our pupils explore the world around them. Designed to arouse their natural curiosity, it is presented in a practical relevant way, which enables the acquisition of a systematic approach to learning. Pupils enjoy specialist facilities (and specialist teaching in Years 3 to 6) including a well-equipped Science laboratory, individual iPads and extensive grounds for fieldwork.
In the Early Years and Key Stage 1 the children study discrete topics rather than Science as a separate subject. While some topics such as ‘Space’ have obvious links to Science, all the topics offer the children opportunities to explore and engage with the world around them, make strong cross-curricular links and to lay the firm foundations needed to explore Science as a separate subject in Key Stage 2.In Key Stage 2 the children further develop their investigative skills, including planning, predicting, measuring, data handling and evaluating. This practical approach is embedded within the curriculum, with contexts for investigations taken from all areas of the Key Stage 2 syllabus, including ‘Life and living processes’, ‘Materials and their properties’ and ‘Physical processes’, and also using cross-curricular study where possible.
Pupils are encouraged to work independently and think creatively when problem solving. They are also given opportunities to work in pairs, or groups, to allow the sharing of ideas and promote co-operation.
We aim for pupils to leave the Granville with a strong foundation in scientific theory and practice and the confidence to apply this knowledge to new challenges at secondary level.