At Fairley House, science lessons incorporate auditory, visual and kinaesthetic approaches. In order to address both the breadth of ability and prior learning experiences of our pupils, activities within lessons are differentiated. Small class sizes mean that pupils have a greater opportunity to complete practical and investigative science. Learning styles are supported by a range of teaching methods and strategies to develop understanding of scientific language and concepts. Science lessons are often supported by speech and language therapists and/or occupational therapists, in order to learn new vocabulary or support with practical tasks.
Science is a subject that lends itself well to a multisensory approach and experiments are a key part of science, allowing students of all ages and abilities to engage in fun and exciting hands-on learning experiences. Pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, analyse causes, ask questions, plan investigations and discuss their results. Pupils also enjoy a range of interactive science games online, to help challenge their science skills and knowledge.
Our science lessons remove some of the difficulties that our pupils may have, such as writing at length and understanding key scientific vocabulary. Word banks are provided as prompts to aid word recall and spelling, and worksheets are structured to aid sequencing and analysis of investigations and experiments.
Throughout the school, pupils follow the National Curriculum and therefore cover the same subject material as their mainstream peers. This helps to enable smooth and effective transition to new schools as and when appropriate.
Alasdair passed his GCSEs with five As, 2Bs and a C