In the Lower School, the scheme of work follows the new National Curriculum guidelines and exceeds the requirements for the delivery of the Science curriculum in order to achieve success, both at the end of each Key Stage and at Common Entrance. In the Upper School, the scheme of work follows the QCA guidelines. As a subject, Science incorporates thinking skills in lessons and schemes of work. The following strategies are employed to develop pupils’ understanding and scientific knowledge: speaking, creative and critical thinking, reflective learning and independent enquiry. The Science Department’s ethos is that pupils should be experiencing enquiry based learning. This is accomplished with the support of a fully-stocked modern Prep Room and a qualified Science Technician. Wetherby boys are expected to design creative scientific questions, investigate and communicate their findings. All classes take place in one of two fully equipped Science laboratories.
The Science department is proud to provide trips and workshop opportunities for each year group. An example from the academic year 2015/2016:
- Year 3 & 4: Hyde Park Learning Centre
- Year 5: Wellington College ‘Chemistry Spectacular Show’
- Year 6: Centre of the Cell – University of London
- Year 7: Grant Museum of Zoology – University College London
- Year 8: Caverne du Pont’Darc, France