Children are naturally curious about the world around them and through the teaching of Science in the Prep School, we aim to nurture and develop this sense of intrigue. Our high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world and develops key skills that can be transferred across subjects and used throughout life.
We aim to inspire an appreciation and sense of awe of our universe; its precious resources, natural laws and our world’s complex ecosystems. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, our students are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We hope to develop an attitude of responsibility to the world and engender the belief that through Science we can make the world a better place.
Practical activities form a large part of our Science lessons and we are fortunate to have the grounds of the school to use where this is appropriate. We have access to an excellent range of scientific equipment and are supported by the senior school laboratory technicians. Radnor Prep students learn to observe and describe, to sort and classify, to measure and record, to analyse data and draw conclusions from it, to solve problems and to design their own experiments using accepted scientific methodology.
Teachers use a wide range of pedagogical approaches in teaching Science; alongside written work and practical experiments, lessons include songs, drama activities, model making and producing podcast-style reports. Our pupils go out on science-based trips and from time to time 'Science' comes to the school in the form of an educational visit by, for instance, a planetarium.
Science curriculum is delivered in classrooms and the outdoor environment in the Prep School. It is further enhanced in Years 5 & 6 when pupils are taught by the Senior School’s specialist Science teachers and have access to the Senior School Science Laboratories when needed.