Science

Science is a general term used to cover three main disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Biology is the study of living things and life processes; Chemistry is the study of the elements, the compounds they form and the reactions they undergo; Physics is the study of the properties and interactions of matter and energy.

Together the exploration of these subjects helps boys to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how things work in the world around us, and build an essential understanding of our existence, our lifestyles and how we interact with this world.

At Caldicott we endeavour to instill good habits into our young scientists from the outset. It is our aim;

  • To foster in all boys an interest in and awareness of Science
  • To develop the understanding that Science is as much a way of seeing the world around us, and a method of trying to understand it, as it is a body of existing knowledge
  • To prepare the boys to pass the Common Entrance or Scholarship examination as appropriate to their ability
  • To present the boys with opportunities to carry out practical science investigations so that they may develop their ability within the subject and learn the experimental approach necessary to lead to the discovery of information

Our Science department consists of two light and airy state of the art laboratories with an adjoining complementary prep room. The spaces have been designed to enable the delivery of practical Biology, Chemistry and Physics in well-equipped and spacious surroundings. Boys have the opportunity to do some really exciting hands on Science which enthuses them in the subject and fosters curiosity.

 

Outline of the Science Syllabus

The importance and relevence of the sciences in today's world is reflected in the importance it is given withon our curriculum, and Science is taught throughout the school from First form to Sixth form.

Boys are introduced to a full range of scientific concepts in their first three years, and the topics that they are taught often mirror what the Senior School boys are taught but at a more basic level. They undertake experimental and practical work in the Laboratories as often as possible. From the Fourth Form onwards topics are studied again in more detail and greater depth.

 


Year 6 (4th Form)

Chemistry

Solids, liquids and gases
Separating mixtures
Physical changes
Elements, compounds and mixtures

Physics

Circuits
Magnetic fields and electromagnets
The earth and beyond

Biology

Cells and cell functions
Humans as organisms

 


Year 7 (5th Form)

Chemistry

Elements, compounds and mixtures
Chemical reactions
Limestone
Solids, liquids and gases

Physics

Forces and motion
The behaviour of light and sound

Biology

Green plants
Variation, classification, inheritance
Living things in their environment

 


Year 8 (6th Form)

Chemistry

Chemical reactions
Metals
Acids and bases

Physics

Energy resources and energy transfer

Biology

Reproduction
Revision

Revision and preparation for their Common Entrance or Scholarship examinations is followed by project work

 

Senior boys access a detailed version of this programme of study on the school Science Intranet site. They can print out the Science programme of study for the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Forms and use it as a revision check-list for exams.

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