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“Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.”
Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

“There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.”
Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895)

Science is a dynamic, interactive subject that has a bearing on all aspects of our lives.

At Craigclowan Science is taught by class teachers up to Form 5 and by a specialist in the fully equipped Maxwell Lab from Form 6 to Form 8.

Practical work is not only a 'fun' way of learning, but also enhances children's understanding of Science concepts, develops reasoning skills through questioning, predicting, formulating and testing hypotheses.

Children learn skills such as devising a fair test, using controls, analysing, interpreting, recording and communicating their results. Science also develops the child's ability to work as an individual or in a group, either as part of a team or in a leadership role. We also try to use the environment of the school grounds wherever possible.


  • Stimulate curiosity, interest in and enjoyment of Science.
  • Help pupils develop an understanding of Science.
  • Enable pupils to use scientific ideas and models to explain scientific concepts and phenomena.
  • Develop experimental and investigative skills, paying close attention to lab safety.
  • Enable the pupils to recognise the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.
  • Develop evaluative skills when communicating scientific findings.
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of scientific developments on the environment.

The revised Common Entrance science syllabus for examination at 11+ and 13+ is based upon the programmes of study for key stage 2 and key stage 3 respectively of the National Curriculum for Science (2014 revision).

Each pupil will be encouraged to view Science as an opportunity to learn about themselves, their environment and fan their enthusiasm.

The aim throughout is that the pupils love learning about Science and develop a lifelong desire to understand the changing world in which they live.


Assessment of pupils will be carried through the following:

  1. Teacher observation in lessons - Questioning, Listening Skills, Individual & Group work, Question/Answer Sessions
  2. End of topic tests
  3. Prep - Encouraging Parental input
  4. Examinations (termly in Form 8, Winter and Summer terms in Forms 6 and 7)


Forms 6 and 7 have 4 lessons with one Prep every week.
Form 8 have 6 lessons with one Prep every week.

A useful website is www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p

Download ISEB Science Syllabus 2017/18

Should you have any questions about Science, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Jonathan Doak
Head of Science

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