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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Science

Dream Jobs

  • Doctor
  • Surgeon
  • Research Scientist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Engineer
  • Nurse
  • Midwife
  • Electrician
  • Web Developer
  • Sports Scientist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Microbiologist
  • Radiologist
  • Teacher
  • Science Writer
  • Oceanographer/Marine Biologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Software Developer
  • Government Advisor

What do our students say?

“The opportunity to have discussions about interesting topics is amazing, especially the selective breeding and genetic engineering lessons! It makes you aware about the importance of active thinking and teamwork.” – Rosie, Year 11
 
“I have not only enjoyed learning mountains of new knowledge and doing many fun practicals in science but also benefitted from the support and many inspiring opportunities provided by the science department.” – Makarios, Year 11
 

What do our parents say?

“My daughter has found a passion for science and the science department at OASB has really nurtured it.”
 

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie

Science at OASB

When students leave OASB, we want them to have a strong understanding of themselves as living organisms and how they interact with the world. Students need to be able to ask questions about the universe, communicating ideas articulately and critiquing data to come to sound conclusions. We believe that the key to this is making students more knowledgeable.  We believe that having a secure knowledge of the scientific phenomena that govern the universe motivates our students to be curious and brings joy and excitement to learning. We want our students to have the wisdom to discern between error and fact in order to make decisions that impact themselves, their families, their communities and our planet in a positive way. Outside of the classroom, our students should be able to engage in discourse about the world, offering knowledge and insight in discussion with others.

All students deserve an ambitious curriculum regardless of starting point, and we provide this by having a relentless focus on securing powerful knowledge for everyone. Not only does building background knowledge help students to learn more,  it also equips them to achieve excellent grades in their public examinations in order to provide them with the choice and opportunity to transform their lives and progress towards studying science at the undergraduate level and beyond.

Our curriculum is designed so that students learn the most fundamental knowledge first, laying the foundations on which all other understanding rest. We aim to build on this knowledge in order to gain a deeper understanding of the big, overarching ideas in biology, chemistry and physics. From understanding that all material in the Universe is made of very small particles, to the key ethical arguments governing science; knowledge is constructed and deepened from the foundations up. We love the excitement and awe that students experience when they make connections between their knowledge and the tangible experiences of science in action. We aim to broaden these experiences by connecting new knowledge to as many concrete examples and in as many contexts as we can. Practical work is integrated into the curriculum so that it builds on and helps to enrich knowledge. Students complete work accurately and precisely in order to develop their procedural knowledge of the scientific method, giving deeper meaning to their understanding and providing students with the foundations to study science at a higher level.

Our teachers are knowledgeable about the science of learning and are therefore empowered to make impactful decisions in the classroom. We know that student attention and focus is essential for learning to take place, so creating a calm and purposeful learning environment comes first. Our consistent approach to lesson structure and assessment allows teachers to focus on planning and practising excellent expositions, responding to errors and misconceptions and supporting students regardless of starting point to experience an ambitious curriculum.

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For further information on the Science curriculum at OASB please email lisa.mcglasson@oasissouthbank.org