Our four laboratories are well equipped to engage students in practical work, investigations and projects from day one. We firmly believe that skills involved in being able to work scientifically will set our students in good stead for whatever career path they may eventually choose. Students are also offered opportunities to extend their learning experience outside of the classroom and often engage in practical work in the school grounds and on field trips around the island and overseas.
Objectives and Challenges
The Faculty of Science is pleased to offer challenging programmes which allow students to develop their knowledge of the scientific world and essential scientific concepts from an early age. We have a faculty of qualified teachers in all of the subjects offered as well as modern facilities for our students to learn and develop.
The Academic Programme
The curriculum in Prep school is based on the English National Curriculum. Students in Years 5-8 follow an integrated science programme with Biology, Chemistry and Physics components.
At lower prep level, science is an integral part of learning, it is part of the understanding and knowledge of the world. At Northfields, we support students learning by offering them opportunities to use a range of tools safely; perform practical experiments and seeing science real life situations.
Our approach is often cross-curricular which means we incorporate science into as many subjects as we can, with a particular emphasis in Mathematics lessons. We aim to provide our students with the opportunity to take part in ‘hands-on’ investigations during their science lesson because we feel children learn a lot through the act of ‘doing’ and ‘experiencing’.
AFL (Assessment for Learning) forms an important part of every lesson. We ensure that students are aware of the success criteria of a unit. We assess children's work formatively through observations, marking and use of IT tools such as Plickers in order to properly assess the understanding of the students. At the end of a unit of work, review is done, it may take the form of a practical activity, a concept map or a written assessment.
A minimum of three written test or practicals are done each term. Based on the Summative and Formative assessments student’s level of attainment are identified, new targets are set and shared with the students and parents. This helps us in tracking the student’s progress and attainment. We also use the gap analysis to inform planning for future lessons.
In Year 9 students study each of the pure sciences separately so that they may make informed IGCSE subject choices at the end of Year 9. All students in Year 10 and 11 engage in at least one science at middle school level. The curriculum in Year 10 and 11 is CAIE IGCSE, and we currently offer the following subjects:
• Environmental Management
Year 12 and 13
In the Faculty of Science we offer the following subjects;
CAIE AS/A LEVEL
Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only)
Sports, Exercise and Health Science