Science

Head of Department: Richard Vassar-Smith

Science has become an increasingly important part of all our lives as the technological revolution progresses at break-neck speed.

Science is a core subject and the course at Saint Ronan’s is based on the National Curriculum, although it extends beyond this as children are prepared for Common Entrance and Scholarship. Learning through investigation and experimentation is encouraged and, with it, the skills of observation, data-handling and evaluation. The lessons are taught in the downstairs of the Stable Block, with 3 labs ranged around a central prep room.

 

Junior Science

In Class 3, Class 4 and Shell, Science is taught to the following topics. Shell have 5 lessons a week, Class 4 have four and Class 3 have 3. Shell and Class 4 also have a prep.

Senior Science

The three sciences are taught separately from Midway onwards. Each class has six science lessons per week and two weekly science preps.

Biology

Wide-ranging in its scope, Biology encourages its students to ask questions about themselves and the world in which they live. Amongst the main aims of the course, we hope that the student will develop a concerned and informed awareness of relationships between living organisms, of relationships between organisms and their environment and the effect of human activities on these relationships. Above all, we aim to promote a respect for all forms of life. The lessons take place in Harley Street.

Chemistry

Chemistry is taught with an emphasis on experimental work in Porton Down. The topics listed below give some insight into the material world and the reactions that go on within this.

 

Physics

The Physics course is taught in Greenwich and provides an understanding of everyday Forces and Energies. It also considers the applications of these, such as electricity in the home, or how levers are used in tools to make our life easier. The larger topic of ‘The Solar System and Beyond’ allows the pupils a wider view of the subject as well.

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Class 3

Forces: Magnets and springs Teeth and eating
Rocks and solids
Light and shadows
Helping plants grow well

Class 4

Electrical circuits
Solids, liquids and separation
Keeping warm
Moving & growing
Habitats
Life cycles

Shell

Changes of state
Gases
Dissolving
Sun earth and moon
Keeping healthy
Friction
Sound

Midway

Biology
Characteristics of life
Cells

Chemistry
Basic Chemical Reactions

Physics
Forces including
Magnets and
Springs

Biology
Classification
Human nutrition

Chemistry
Atoms and elements
State of matter

Physics
Energy types and Resources

Biology
Plant nutrition
Feeding relationships

Chemistry
Compounds and Mixtures

Physics
How we see things

Upper

Biology
Blood system
Disease

Chemistry

Separating Mixtures

Acids and Alkalis

Physics
Pressure
Density
Circuits (to finish next term)

Biology
Adaptation &
Competition

Chemistry
Metals, Metal Compounds
and their Reactions with Acids

Physics
Circuits (cont.)
Moments

Biology
Plant reproduction
Scientific Method
Field work

Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry

Physics
Solar system and beyond
Electromagnets

Remove Sets 2 & 3

Biology
Human reproduction
Movement
Variation

Chemistry
Reactivity Series

Physics
Light
Sound and hearing

Biology
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Chemistry
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Physics
Heating and cooling
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Biology
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Chemistry
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Physics
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Biology
Human reproduction
Movement
Variation

Chemistry
Reactivity Series

Physics
Light
Sound and hearing

Biology
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Chemistry
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Physics
Heating and cooling
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Biology
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Chemistry
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Physics
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