Science

Providing a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum

Science is the study of living things, materials and physical processes.

It is a subject that stimulates a spirit of enquiry through the development of natural curiosity and reasoning. Science promotes the skills of observation, investigation and interpretation and equips students with a valuable knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live.

We aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Science is all around us and ever-changing and so it is vital that the students are aware of their environment, the huge advances that have been made and the challenges that we face in the future. Helping students to understand as much as possible about science will stimulate their imagination and their intellect and will give them a passion for the subject and encourage them to care for our environment.

Staffing

There are six full-time and four part-time subject specialists and three full-time technicians.

Facilities

There are seven laboratories, allowing students to carry out a full range of practical work.

Curriculum

In Years 7 and 8, the students study a range of topics that cover many aspects of science.

In Years 9 to 11, the students study the three separate sciences.

Channing follows the Triple-Award Pearson IGCSE syllabus.

In Year 7, students carry out a significant variety of practical work in order to develop a wide range of skills. Students learn to use specialist scientific apparatus and begin to hone their understanding of the world around us. The students learn how to perform experiments safely and how to measure variables with suitable accuracy. Once they have gained the required skills, the students embark upon either a Biology, Physics or Chemistry unit; they will study three units relating to each of the three sciences over the Year 7 course.