The teaching of Science at The Ryleys begins at Nursery level as we feel it is vital that children have an understanding of the world around them from as early an age as possible. The living things they look at, the physical processes such as 'Floating and Sinking' and the emphasis on a healthy diet all provide an excellent foundation for the topics the girls and boys will go on to study as they move through the school.
From Reception up to Year Two Science, is integrated into themed study units to enable the children to see how it fits into their environment. From Year Three onwards it becomes a separate discipline and is taught by a subject specialist. We aim to include a variety of teaching and learning styles to engage and provide for all students. We use practical work and other kinaesthetic exercises as much as possible in order to reinforce the scientific knowledge covered in lessons.
As the children are taught the subject separately from a relatively early stage compared with other schools they have a thorough understanding of concepts and are fully prepared for their common entrance exams, scholarships and other entrance examinations at 11+ as well as for Science in their secondary schools. The feedback we receive is that our pupils leave us with a strong foundation and a confident approach in all areas of the subject.
Our children are given every opportunity to explore and discover for themselves inside and out of the classroom. There are several Science trips made through the academic year to places including Manchester Museum, Spaceport, The Chestnut Centre, Derbyshire, where our native animals such as otters and barn owls can be studied, as well as trips to The Blue Planet, near Liverpool, to learn about sea life and also to Catalyst in Widnes, to study topics such as 'Electricity' and to learn the theory behind every day chemical reactions. It also enhances the classroom teaching when experts visit the school and talk to the children about their area of expertise. We have had visitors who have brought animals ranging from birds of prey to South American Tree Frogs, as well as those who have performed experiments or given demonstrations on topics such as the Solar System. All of these experiences have inspired and captivated the children.