Senior

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 three 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 Year 7, the students study a range of topics that cover many aspects of science.

In Years 8 to 11, the students study the three separate sciences.

Channing follows the Triple-Award Pearson IGCSE syllabus.

In Year 7, students carry out a great amount of practical work in order to develop their skills in the use of science apparatus and their understanding of the world around us. The students learn how to perform experiments safely and how to measure variables with suitable accuracy. Once that they have gained the required skills, the students embark upon the Planet Earth topic, where an understanding of many aspects of our planet is developed. We study topics such as the Earth’s atmosphere, photosynthesis, gravitation, the formation of rainbows and the structure of cells.
The course ends with a project relating to the Virgin Galactic Space Mission in which students carry out a series of investigations into the motion of a balloon rocket. This project is based on some very successful and innovative work that was carried out a few years ago by a team of students from Channing School during a nationwide competition relating to this Space Mission.

The following is a piece of work on water clocks, which is one of the topics that we study in Year 7.

Water Clocks used to be called ‘clepsydras’ and in Greek they are called ‘kleptein hudor’, which means ‘to steal water’. Water clocks and sundials are probably two of the oldest, if not the oldest, ways to measure time! No one knows where or when they were invented although the oldest one on record was from Egypt. There are now very high tech, advanced types of water clocks, including ones with gears.

Water clocks can be made from pots or just ordinary plastic cups. They have marks on the container to show how high the water is after a certain amount of time; this is how you can measure time using them.