The Royal has a dedicated team of science teachers that are passionate about their subject and endeavour to instil their passion to all students on a daily basis. The philosophy within the department is to bring a holistic approach to the study of science. We aim to bring an enjoyment and love of the subjects as well as a knowledge and understanding of the importance science plays in our lives. From exciting experiments in one of our five large and well equipped laboratories, to Biology Karaoke, from deep debates and discussions to hands on experience of the adaptations of a snake, we aim to make our subject as accessible as possible to everyone who studies it. The course also aims to develop communication skills so that all students can share their scientific experiences, meaningfully with others.
In Years 7 and 8, students are taught in mixed ability groups. The flexibility of the course (which is based on the QCA scheme) allows us to be able to explore each student’s interests as well as provide the practical skills and broad subject knowledge needed to underpin further studies in science. The topics covered range from plant and animal cells to renewable energy resources, and the students can often be found making models to help with their visualisation of difficult concepts. Students are more than encouraged to have fun with science.
In Year 9, science is taught as separate subjects, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (six periods per week), and starts to prepare the students for their GCSE course. This allows us time to not only look into the topics with more depth but also to help equip students with the relevant skills needed to tackle the written and practical examinations.
The final week of term will be a celebration of well-being through a host of character development activities. The week begins with the senior school sports day on Tuesday, 9 July.
On Wednesday, 10 and Thursday, 11 July, students will take part in a variety of house competitions and activities that will give them an opportunity to enhance a variety of skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativeness and resilience through enterprise, drama and STEM activities to name but a few. During these days, students will also be off site taking part in a number of different activities that encompass our school values such as supporting community projects in the surrounding area and taking to the outdoors for some outdoor and adventurous activities. The school year is brought to a close on Friday, 12 July, with our final house competition. Students will need to use all their skills they have been developing throughout the year and during the week for this end of year extravaganza. We can’t tell you too much about the day as it will spoil the surprise!