Science at OLA Junior School follows a number of Science schemes including the The Association of Science Education.
In all year groups, emphasis is placed on developing scientific enquiry skills, encouraging the children to consider ideas, evaluate evidence, plan, investigate, record and analyse data.
Picture: Junior School on a trip to the Science Museum
Pupils in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 are taught by class teachers who focus on introducing the important scientific concepts using interactive resources and child-friendly, hands-on experiments.
Pupils in Years 5 and 6 are taught by the specialist Science teachers from the Senior School. Lessons are taught in the fully equipped Science laboratories where they learn additional technical skills and how to use more advanced equipment such as Bunsen burners and microscopes.
Cross-curricular opportunities are used to develop scientific themes through History, ICT, Creative Writing, Mathematics and Visual Arts.
Our whole-school Science Week is centred around a theme such as 'Flight', 'Space' or 'Journeys Through Nature'. In recent years we have welcomed experts in fields such as Falconry, Crime Scene Investigation and Environmental Recycling.
Children love to explore their environment and we are very fortunate to have our own pond, gardens, wildlife and Forest School areas. In addition, use is made of local environmental education centres, museums and visiting scientists, not just during Science Week but throughout the school year.