We are in an enviably strong position at the Dragon, having all of the resources needed to deliver a first-class science education, including six fully-equipped laboratories, two highly competent support technicians and a wealth of staff enthusiasm. There is an in-built ‘need’ to question further and we capture the imagination of our pupils and connect them with the world of Science.
In addition to the curricular focus associated with Senior School examinations and Scholarship attainment, we also understand the importance of opening up and challenging the world of science. Of course, the two areas have significant overlap: factual understanding, analysing data, problem solving, research, thinking skills and discovering links between topics and issues. We encourage pupils to appreciate and understand the delicate relationship between evidence and theory. Appropriate science teaching must guide pupils to a point at which they no longer accept scientific information as ‘fact’.
Teaching is split into blocks of 2-4 weeks where a class will study a specific topic. These are concluded with a short unit test allowing staff to see how children are getting on and which areas need reinforcement.