Our aim is to teach chemistry to a high standard from year 7, with an emphasis on the practical side of the subject. Pupils develop safe practical skills applying them with confidence through imaginative and creative scientific thinking gaining a sense of achievement. Therefore, when the pupils start their GCSE studies in year 9 they already have a good grasp of the subject and its relevance to the world around them.
Boys are taught in a spacious and well-equipped specialist laboratory. The department has ICT facilities with Internet access via the school network, interactive whiteboards incorporating multimedia computer programs and specialist data-logging equipment all of which are used to enhance the learning experience for the pupils.
Physics at Rushmoor School
Physics enables students to learn about how the world around them works. Fundamental topics such as Electricity, Forces and Motion and Waves are initially taught in the Junior school and are then expanded on in the Middle School before the students embark on the GCSE Physics course. In the Middle and Senior School, there is a real emphasis on practical work and students are exposed to more sophisticated equipment such as oscilloscopes and data logging apparatus. There are enrichment activities throughout the school, these include lectures on current Physics research, visits to sites of both scientific and historical interest and careers events.
Studying Physics encourages students to find out about the entire universe and understand their place within it.
Biology at Rushmoor School
Biology enables students to learn about how living organisms function and how they depend on each other for survival. The fundamental topics such as the characteristics of living things, foods, feeding and feeding relationships and the diversity of living organisms are taught in the Junior School. These topics are then developed in the Middle School with some detail given to how the human body works. The GCSE biology course then extends the students’ knowledge and examines some of the wider implications of human activity on the living world. Practical work and the associated skills are developed throughout the key stages so that students understand how scientists work from the point of formulating the hypothesis, testing it, collecting reliable and accurate results, concluding and finally, evaluating their work.
Studying biology enables students to have a greater understanding of how living organisms are made and how they function to sustain the diversity of the living world.