The Science Department at Pinewood is housed in two large, fully equipped laboratories, each with interactive whiteboards and a bank of computers for student use.
The building was commissioned in November 2009 and officially opened by The Right Honourable, Baroness Greenfield in September 2010. This excellent facility is intensively used by the specialist science teachers and their classes, ranging from Year 3 to Year 8. They are ably supported by a full-time laboratory technician.
The main ethos is to provide an engaging learning environment, with exciting practical investigations being the focus of the majority of lessons. Feedback from pupils would suggest that this very ‘hands-on’ approach promotes successful learning. Twice-yearly examinations are conducted and, in the interim, topic assessments provide an accurate indicator of pupil progress. ICT is deeply embedded in the curriculum and pupils have every opportunity to use it in their daily lessons. Internet research, data-handling and logging and projects are typical applications of this essential and effective tool. Independent and individualised learning is very much what we are about.
We are committed to providing children time and opportunity to carry out STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) projects within the curriculum topics. Pinewood pupils also have the opportunity to compete against other schools in STEAM competitions.
As part of Pinewood’s community commitment, local primary schools are invited in for ‘fun science experiments’. The school year is also punctuated by ‘WOW’ days where normal lessons are replaced by a series of activities designed to broaden knowledge of, for example, ‘electricity’. The outdoor classroom is also used to great effect throughout the seasons. The Pinewood grounds can certainly boast a healthy diversity of flora and fauna and we have our own poly-tunnel, pond and environmental study area.