Our aim is to develop children’s natural curiosity. We do this by encouraging them to ask questions, carry out investigations and use what they discover to make sense of the world around them.
We are very lucky here at Chandlings to have extensive grounds with a variety of habitats to study. We also have a lovely safe pond dipping pontoon on the lake. We have two specially equipped Science labs for practical work, and the use of ICT facilities such as data-logging and the internet.
All Pre-prep children are taught Science in their classrooms by their class teacher. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are taught Science in one of the specialist laboratories. Field trips are organised to complement the children’s work.
The children are given opportunities to experiment, observe, describe and illustrate. They use first-hand experiences and secondary sources to obtain information. Children are taught to respect living things and the environment, and to work safely and carefully whilst enjoying themselves.
Each year group has been allocated a tree in the School grounds which the children are visiting in a variety of contexts. The aim of this initiative is for the children to become more familiar with their local environment and the many varieties of trees within our beautiful grounds. It will also provide them with more outdoor learning opportunities where they can learn about the flora and fauna found at Chandlings.
The Cothill Trust has transformed this former boarding school into a new education centre. Year 5 spend a week at The Old Malthouse, which is based in Dorset on the Jurassic coast where they take part in outdoor pursuits such as kayaking and coasteering.