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The science curriculum will be full of wonder, enthusiasm, excitement and relevance for all students. It will make our young people confident and willing to engage and enjoy dealing with practical problems, it will equip them to understand and appreciate the workings of the world around them.
The teaching of science at Hornsey School for Girls aims to:
- Make pupils aware of the historical and ongoing role that science plays in developing the world around them and on a global scale, for the sustainable advancement of the world society.
- Promote a positive and life-long interest in learning about science.
- Develop the science understanding of pupils using familiar contexts, personal opinion, investigation and secondary sources of information in books and on computer.
- Develop literacy, numeracy and ICT skills by providing varying opportunities to communicate, analyse and display information.
- Promote collaborative work to develop the pupils’ interpersonal and leadership skills, leading to confidence in problem solving and communicating information to others.
- Foster a sense of individual and collective responsibility for the environment.
- Actively assess pupil strengths and weaknesses through testing, marking of work, discussion and self-assessment, to inform both teacher and pupil of progress in science leading to the setting of informed targets for personal progression and future attainment.
Resources & Facilities
The science teaching area is located on the third floor in 12 laboratories and 1 ICT classroom.
All science lessons take place in a designated laboratory and science teachers are allocated their own room for all of their lessons. Each laboratory is serviced and maintained by a team of technicians under the direction of the Senior technician and the Head of Department. Basic science equipment is located in cupboards in each laboratory and is regularly inspected by the technicians for overhaul. Students are required to carry out basic cleaning of equipment, teachers are expected to monitor quality and number of items. Basic class sets of books available are kept in laboratories under the care of the teacher. Interactive are located in all rooms (except the ICT classroom). Fire safety equipment is located in all rooms.