Science at Beaconhurst encourages our pupils to explore the world around us. Whether it is the biological, chemical or physical processes that we focus on, we aim to promote an enthusiasm and understanding of all areas touched by science. Our aim is to excite, encourage and inspire pupils to appreciate the science knowledge we already have, and then take it further.
Our science labs are located together and give us easy access to the huge range of resources that are used to actively learn about the scientific world around us. We have digital projectors, interactive whiteboards, iPads and Apple TV in every room, and each science lesson focuses on a practical activity to make the learning experience a valuable one for all.
In Transition pupils learn about all three sciences ranging from life cycles to space. In S1 and S2 science is taught by subject specialists who have the passion and knowledge to bring their subject alive. This helps make Physics, Chemistry and Biology very popular in S3 to S6, where pupils have support and encouragement that will make them successful in their school learning and beyond.
Each science subject runs their own “drop in” session after school which aims to help pupils who wish to expand their learning, catch up on missed work or simply to have help with homework. There is a science club for J6 to Transition pupils after school on Thursdays and a gardening club in the summer months. We have regular trips to venues like Dynamic Earth, The Royal Botanical Gardens and The Glasgow Science Centre and we also have regular visiting roadshows that showcase the best that science has to offer.
A typical pupil will have a far better idea of what each science has to offer him/her at an early stage because we separate the sciences from S1 onwards. We have an exceptional uptake which far exceeds the national statistics for our subjects. Science at Beacohurst School is very popular! A large number of pupils use the knowledge gained and the positive influence of the teachers to pursue a science based degree course at university.
We always try and keep abreast of recent developments whilst keeping two feet firmly on the ground at our school. New technology is great, but we must also have a respect and understanding of the first principles in science to keep us grounded and appreciate how this knowledge was acquired in the first place.