Science at OLA Junior School follows the Cambridge Primary Science scheme. This scheme provides a consistent, well-structured approach and covers four content areas: scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. At all stages, emphasis is placed on developing scientific enquiry, encouraging the children to consider ideas, evaluate evidence, plan, investigate, record and analyse data.
Left: 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. Cross-curriculuar opportunities are used to develop scientific themes through history, ICT, creative writing, maths and visual arts.
Older pupils in Years 5 and 6 are taught by specialist teachers in the Senior School science laboratories, still following the Cambridge scheme but also learning addition technical skills and how to use more advanced equipment such as Bunsen burners and microscopes.
Our whole-school Science Week is centred around a theme such as 'Flight', 'Space' or 'Meet the scientist' and we welcome experts in fields such as falconry and Crime Scene Investigation. The Head of Senior School Science always wows us with an exciting Science show.
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.