What questions have you asked today?
Science is central to our understanding of the world and our aim in teaching science is to reflect the importance of the subject in our everyday lives. We help the children to understand the world around them, while kindling and encouraging in them a real appreciation for science in all its diverse and fascinating forms. When Einstein was young, his mother is rumoured to have asked him every day, not, “What have you done today?” but, “What questions have you asked?” This is an approach the world of science depends upon.
The new Science Department will be at the heart of the School, above the dining hall. Pupils will enjoy two new science laboratories fully equipped for all types of practical work, with sinks, Bunsen burners, gas taps and electricity points for individual practical work, as well as plenty of space for group experiments. In this new space they will regularly conduct their own experiments, creating hands-on, experiential and multisensory science – all great for developing their confidence in practical work.
As part of this project, the Prep kitchen will be remodelled and the dining room updated. There will also be a covered walkway providing, amongst other things, a useful shelter in rainy weather when pupils are waiting to enter the dining hall for lunch.
Following on from the project, the current science lab will become a computing lab – a new dedicated space for programming, robotics and code club, and the current ICT space will be converted into new girls’ changing rooms.
This work is the latest stage in the long-term plan to transform the Prep facilities.