Spotlight On: Science lessons that spark curiosity

Our hands-on approach to learning here at the College means that pupils are encouraged to ask questions, investigate topics further and discover for themselves. Our Science departments in both the Prep and Senior School fully embrace this approach and often use experiments and practical activities to create engaging and memorable lessons. 

 

Our youngest pupils in the Pre-Prep are introduced to scientific concepts using interactive lessons where they are  encouraged to formulate their own scientific questions. During Science Week, Pre-Prep pupils conduct their own mini-experiments for others to see. Forest School sessions also provide the perfect opportunity for learning about biology topics such as the life cycle of plants and animals.

 

In the Prep School, Science lessons incorporate exciting demonstrations, experiments and projects that bring learning to life. From studying chemical reactions to fossil hunts and bending light with optical illusions, lessons involve practical activities where pupils are encouraged to discover how things work for themselves. There are also regular trips to Barton Farm and the nearby mangroves to investigate the natural world. And of course, Science Week is always a highlight of the year aiming to raise awareness about the importance of Science as a subject and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators.

 

Science in the Senior School is separated into three subjects: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with all pupils starting the IGCSE syllabus in Shell. Again, there are plenty of opportunities for conducting experiments in the department’s six fully equipped laboratories. Outside of lessons, activities such as the Physics Olympiads are an excellent way for pupils to test out their skills. This year MCM competed in the Intermediate and Senior British Physics Olympiad Competitions for the first time as well as the full Olympiad competition, which is an extremely prestigious event in the student Physics Calendar.  

 

When students reach the Sixth Form they are required to choose one Science subject as part of the IB Diploma and investigation through enquiry is actively encouraged, for example the Biology IA trip allows pupils conduct their own investigations and collect data. There is a greater focus on evaluating and analysing their methodology for errors, as well as the opportunity to develop data analysis skills. Of course, there are more exciting demonstrations to enjoy too, for example observing the reaction of dry ice and magnesium or the rather amusing ‘Screaming Jelly Baby’ demonstration which shows pupils the reaction of potassium chlorate with sugar.

 

MCM’s hands-on approach to learning and strong emphasis on cultivating a love for the Sciences means that no matter a pupil’s age or ability, there is always something fascinating to discover in Science lessons.

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