Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge. Stephen Hawking
St Columba’s College believes every student can enjoy and appreciate Science. The Department’s teaching is defined by investigation and curiosity, underpinned by rigorous scientific methodology.
KS3 students are given the opportunity to independently explore key aspects across Biology, Chemistry and Physics in a guided and safe environment. Their learning takes the form of interactive practicals and discussions, allowing for the development of ideas and appreciation of where Science sits within the local and international communities.
Across Forms 1 and 2, the students will look at a wide variety of topics, including Electricity, Space, Chemical Reactions, Cells, Reproduction, Methods of Separation, Forces, Living Organisms, Light, Microbes, Metals, Health, Magnets and Electromagnets, Food and Digestion. There is an emphasis on literacy, scientific method and independent research, which encourages students to explain, apply and evaluate concepts, rather than rote learning them.
This skills-based learning provides a platform from which to move on to the Edexcel IGCSE specification in Form 3, giving three years to fully explore all the concepts and allow time for investigative skills to be developed. Students either study Triple Science (all three sciences, to give three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or Double Science (a mixture of all three sciences, to give two GCSEs in Science and Additional Science). Both options are comprised of 25% coursework.
The students are fully supported throughout their study, with regular clinics providing one-to-one tuition. A range of activities is offered outside of the classroom, in which all students are invited to participate. These include a lunchtime Science Club, the Lego First League Competition, Computer Programming, and the Biology and Physics Olympiads. School visits have included trips to Whipsnade Zoo, Thorpe Park, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Science Alive! lectures in London.