Sunningdale boasts a thriving Science Department and is well
equipped with a brand new laboratory. At Sunningdale science is not
just a subject, it is a way of knowing; a process of thought, derived
and supported by a great deal of experimentation and observation. The
emphasis is very much on exploration and having fun, and the boys are
constantly pushed to think creatively in order to try and understand the world
is a core subject in the National Curriculum and in the Common
Entrance examination. The four attainment targets are: Scientific
& living processes,
Materials and their properties, and
develop an interest and an enthusiasm for science. To
develop a range of laboratory skills, including handling apparatus
and chemicals safely and competently. To
plan an investigation. To
make accurate observations and present data accurately. To
cultivate an understanding of the scientific method which will
involve the design of fair and controlled experiments. To
interpret observations and draw conclusions.
the forthcoming year the Science Department will be organising a
number of lectures and a series of visits to local areas of interest.
These visits, like the lectures, are an integral part of our teaching
of Science. Visits will include trips to the Natural History Museum,
Windsor Great Park & The Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew).
encourage the children to extend their knowledge and interest in
Science by having a weekly science club (Michaelmas & Spring
Term), which usually involves making smelly gases and things that go
bang! They also thoroughly enjoy looking after the lab aquarium and reptile house.
In their final year the Common Entrance candidates go on a joint field trip with the geography department to undertake two habitat studies and enjoy some cosmology. The data which they collect in the habitat studies will allow them to complete an end of year project.