Science

We love Science at Riddlesworth Hall! Our aim is to inspire children to think independently about the world around them. Stimulating their intellectual curiosity, coupled with a growing knowledge of scientific principles and technical language, informs all that we do.

We encourage our pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support those opinions by logical argument. We recognize the important ways in which Science affects the lives of people everywhere in the world and how it can be used to help make decisions, solve problems and carry out jobs every day.

As well as the Science lab classroom, the Forest School and other areas of the school grounds and surrounding countryside are all utilized to make learning truly meaningful, relevant and enjoyable. Science is a subject with something for everybody. We are passionate about our subject’s role both within school and wider society. We see Science as an enabler for critical thinking and the broader development of our students’ intellectual development across the board.

The aim of the Science department at Riddlesworth Hall is to stimulate the intellect, curiosity, interest and enjoyment of pupils, so enabling them to become familiar with a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary. We encourage the pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support those opinions by logical argument. We recognise the important ways in which science affects the lives of people everywhere in the world and how it can be used to help make decisions, solve problems and carry out jobs which are done by ordinary people every day.

Our main aim is to stress that science is enjoyable and relevant to pupils’ everyday lives and so we aim to provide suitable science courses for all pupils in the school, regardless of age or ability.

The National Curriculum is used as the basic core with the IAPS Common Entrance Syllabus interwoven into the schemes of work. However, our primary aim is to ensure that pupils view the ‘process’ of science as a means to understand themselves, their environment and their place in the universe, rather than purely a means to pass exams. We aim to help to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding to the limit of their capabilities by personal involvement in experimentation and investigation and by the use of ICT facilities in the department and the school.