At William Henry Smith School, we believe it is paramount for our young scientists to develop their sparkling imaginations, fertile minds and curiosity through investigative first hand practical experience as much as possible. This enables them to discover the magic behind the scientific processes for themselves.
Science at the William Henry Smith School is kept as practical as possible, with students learning through doing and having the opportunity to explore and develop their own ideas through asking questions and making discoveries. The main vehicle for this way of working is our Nature Garden, which encompasses our animal compound and our allotments. Thus the practical elements experienced outside in the Nature Garden are followed up in the classroom with the theory.
Science is an important core subject which touches the daily lives of our students. As such the subject is taught so that students can appreciate the link between the teaching and learning in the classroom and their own individual life experiences.
In the Farmhouse students study Science through a topic based approach and begin to develop the skills to enable them to be effective scientists.
In the Clancy and Hockney the students continue their science through topics following the National Curriculum areas of study
In Middle school they use these skills to study for their first qualification which is Entry Level Science, and in upper school they go onto achieving a double Entry Level award.
Overall we aim to give our students an understanding of the world around us so they can make responsible decisions about our planet as they become the citizens of the future. We do this in a fun way by providing them with quality experiences and make it interesting!