Focus on ... Science

“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! but “That’s funny…” Isaac Asimov

The phrase “That’s funny…” is probably heard in our science lessons most days; it is a great indication that the children are learning something for the first time and, like the historic scientists before them, they are noticing new and exciting things.

It may not be the first time that the world has seen these discoveries, but for the children recognising these new experiences, the way they learn to investigate and the stimulation of creative thought are skills that they will be able to draw on throughout their lives.

At Downham Preparatory School we realise that igniting a passion for science is hugely important, it can awaken a curiosity in the world around you that lasts a lifetime. Due to this, every class has at least two lessons of science every week. Over the years with us pupils cover a myriad of topics from animal and plant habitats and lifecycles to forces and magnetism, from light and sound to Earth and space.

We have a well-equipped science room and Mrs Uys, our dedicated science teacher, has been with us for more than 8 years. She always ensures that the children get involved in as many practical scientific experiments as possible, using the wide range of resources and equipment available.

For example, over the last few weeks, Year 2 have been investigating electricity. They have all enjoyed creating their own circuits using light bulbs, wires, clips and batteries – their faces light up even more than the bulbs when they get a circuit to work correctly! Year 3 have been learning about the effects of gravity on Earth and, rather topically, the lack of gravity in the International Space Station, in which British astronaut Tim Peak is currently orbiting us.

To learn more about what we do in science why not have a look at our science photo gallery or for a more detailed look at the topics we cover, read our science section.

If you are interested in visiting our school or have any enquiries, you can get in touch using our contact details.

Judged by Ofsted to be OUTSTANDING in March 2009 and OUTSTANDING in ALL Areas in November 2014. See the full report on the Ofsted website.