Science On the Move - Learning Outside the Classroom
Sometimes, it can be difficult for pupils to appreciate the value of the curriculum content in their daily school routine. The Science Department have linked with external organisations to arrange school visits and events which are directly related to the curriculum topics.
Year 7 - London Zoo
This summer our Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to visit The London Zoo. The day is always filled with fun activities and pupils can learn more about our planet’s wildlife and ecosystems.
Year 8 - Natural History Museum
In October, some of our Year 8 pupils see that dinosaurs are not the only exciting feature the Natural History Museum has on offer. Investigate is a facility where students become scientists and explore the processes of science. Museum staff encourage them to ask their own questions about hundreds of real specimens. With everything from dinosaur fossils to butterflies and rare minerals, students can explore some of the diversity of the natural world with scientific equipment and computer resources. A 'must visit' for all of our budding new scientists.
Year 9 - National Space Centre
The Year 9 Trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester takes place in June. The Space Centre offers a range of exciting activities including “Are You An Astronaut:” The new astronaut centre where pupils can test their skills. The individual hovercraft also proves to be a favourite. And what better way to finish the day than to star in your very own astronaut picture which you can show everyone when you get home?
An Ecology FieldTrip is also a compulsory part of the A2 Biology Course.
As part of the A2 Biology course, the AQA specification places considerable emphasis on practical work including fieldwork. The FSC at Juniper Hall provides our students with a specific fieldwork programme directly related to work taught in the classroom and therefore links directly to AQA specification requirements.
According to the AQA specification it is expected that our students will:
Gain experience of collection of reliable quantitative ecological data involving a specific abiotic factor, frequency, population density and percentage cover.
Our students will therefore be attending a programme in October 2011 that facilitates experience of fieldwork and collection of data in a suitable habitat. The FSC at Juniper Hall provides an ideal location and extensive course which encompasses the necessary investigative and practical skills needed to be awarded A2 certification.