Alleyn’s Junior School has a highly practical curriculum in Science. Throughout each year, pupils will experience all three strands of Science: Chemistry, Biology and Physics.
Pupils in Reception experience Science through play while in Years 1 to 6, weekly lessons take place, often in the fully equipped lab.
Weekly, the children will experience the following lessons in science:
- Years 1 and 2 have 1 hour and 20 minutes
- Years 3 and 4 have 2 hours
- Years 5 and 6 have 2 hours and 40 minutes
At Alleyn’s we promote curiosity among the pupils where teachers work as facilitators, helping pupils make connections between their experiences and scientific explanation.
Topics in Physics range from space and our universe, forces, electricity and magnets & springs. Chemistry investigations include changes of state, gases, reactions, combining & separating solutions / mixtures and density. Biology (including human biology) examines habitats, adaptation of animals, life cycles, diet, human development & evolution and teeth.
A further element has been introduced to AJS Science which is ethics in science. For example: is it ethical to allow cloning? When would it be OK? Under which circumstances should it be allowed, if at all?
In doing this, we examine our own ethics and allow, in a safe and nurturing environment, healthy discussion with others who may have a different point of view.
We offer a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) clubs during and after school. This ranges from Infants Lego Club to Gardening Club and Science Club in the Juniors.
Throughout the year, there are a number of exciting trips and activities for the pupils. In Reception, there is a weekly Forest School session, Infants visit safari parks and environmental centres to study animals and minibeasts. Year 2 visit the Senior School for an annual science show put on by Year 12 students and their teachers. Juniors experience science during residential trips – pond dipping, river studies, tides and weathering.
Alleyn’s Junior School has been awarded a Gold Standard in Science from the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) reflecting our dedication to the subject across the school.
Each year, we enter two teams in the National Quiz Club Science Quiz. This is an ever-evolving competition and throughout all of the years of participation, we regularly make it through the heats and on two occasions, to the grand finals.
We promote a gender inclusive, bespoke science experience with dedicated, timetabled lessons and a specialist science teacher overseeing the subject throughout the school.
Recently, we have invested in a class set of virtual reality headsets. This allows pupils to take virtual trips to the International Space Station, rainforests of Borneo or even see the latest images sent from the Mars rovers.
With the latest addition of augmented reality (AR), pupils have had the opportunity to visit the different planets and learn more through independent research using specialist AR equipment and our class set of iPads.
Recently, the Junior School was refurbished and the lab relocated to a more spacious room where pupils can learn and investigate concepts, ideas and experience practical activities first hand in an effort to make sense of the world around them.
We promote curiosity and help girls and boys make connections between their experiences and scientific explanation.