Science students at Hazelwood make smells, scramble eggs, play mini golf, launch parachutes,
root about in the soil, bang and fizz and race motorized bugs to name but a few active learning
experiences. All who teach science are passionate about a hands-on approach where scientific
concepts are introduced to students by linking learning to the world around them. Emphasis is
placed upon understanding and application of knowledge combined with scientific skill building
throughout the age range.
Within the Lower School, and in particular Years 3 and 4, science is taught within the topic area
of the weekly timetable. The class teacher and the Head of Science work closely together to
plan the curriculum, ensuring that the necessary areas are covered and standards attained.
Science from Year 6 is taught in two new purpose built laboratories, which are fully equipped for
a range of practical investigation work in physics, chemistry and biology. In addition,
environmental areas and a field trip (combined with Geography) extends application of
developing skills into new environments.
The curriculum offered is extensive and wide ranging. Students are successfully prepared for
science examinations including KS2 based entrance tests, Common Entrance 11+ and 13+
examinations and scholarship examinations. The disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology
are covered as separate subjects from Year 7. Developments in ICT provide opportunities to
incorporate technology for data collection and presentation of results. Teaching and learning
can also be underpinned with virtual investigations so providing varied and stimulating
experiences. We also encourage the students to extend their knowledge and interest in
science through the science club.
A popular event is our annual themed Science Week. Science challenges are set and we may
also invite visiting speakers, watch live theatre productions or be thrilled by wildlife
demonstrations, depending on the theme for the year.
To close, may I quote a former pupil who said
"Science at Hazelwood is challenging, thought provoking and fun!”
Head of Science