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Science

Thank you to all at Godstowe for making our girls so very comfortable and happy and for transforming their manners, behaviour, attitude and language in a matter of weeks, if not days.

Mother of Year 4 pupil

From Year 3 Science lessons take place in large, purpose-built laboratories, with a fully resourced prep room and technician. Seniors enjoy separate biology, chemistry and physics lessons, including microelectronics. Our school grounds offer opportunities for observing and investigating the natural world, with pond dipping being especially exciting, when tadpoles, newts, pond skaters and other living creatures are discovered.

The philosophy of the department is 'learn by doing' and 'if it is fun, it will be remembered'. We aim to stimulate and inspire. As well as carrying out many experiments and investigations, we teach science using a wide variety of other approaches. Interactive DVDs are very popular, as is using the data logger to discover, for example, which materials insulate heat the best, or which class is the noisiest!

Science teachers aim to transfer an understanding of the world around us, whilst developing an ability to think, investigate and evaluate.

Exciting trips and residential visits are arranged. The week spent by all the seniors in North Yorkshire provides a wonderful opportunity to study seashore and freshwater animals at close hand and to discover how well they are adapted to living in their environment. Year 6 classes spend a day at the Natural History Museum in London, visiting a range of galleries, whilst focusing on human development from embryo to adult.

Thank you to all at Godstowe for making our girls so very comfortable and happy and for transforming their manners, behaviour, attitude and language in a matter of weeks, if not days.

Mother of Year 4 pupil