Here at AGS we endeavour to deliver an inquiry based science course in which students explore above and beyond the curriculum to ensure a passionate, broad and thorough understanding of the content to carry into future study. We are blessed to work in modern well-equipped laboratories which allow us to supplement the theory with exciting practical investigations.
Students follow the general Oxford international primary science program in years 5 and 6 with lessons being broken down into Biology, Chemistry or Physics according to the topic being studied. As such students learn to differentiate between the three disciplines at an early stage with the opportunity to target their efforts in order to advance smoothly into year 7 study and GCSE preparation. With three hours of science study per week in a dedicated and well-equipped laboratory and with specialist staff; students are able to explore topics such as cells, solutions and circuitry in greater depth than most primary schools could offer and to develop a broad and enthusiastic understanding of the fundamental concepts to carry into their secondary education. A focus on developing students’ practical abilities and enquiry skills ensures that they develop an enthusiasm for the subject to carry them far into their school lives and beyond!
Students follow the Cambridge secondary 1 program, designed to lead directly into the IGCSE courses at years 9 and 10. All students receive three hours of science per week (one of each discipline: Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and theoretical content is supported by GCSE-style practical activities in our dedicated laboratory. We aim to develop students’ enthusiasm for all areas of science at this stage, to build practical and enquiry skills and to nurture an enthusiasm for all areas of the subject to carry forward into success at year 10 and beyond.
In year 7 we study plants and photosynthesis, the human body systems, microorganisms, habitats and classification. In year 8 we study photosynthesis, diet and the digestive system, the circulatory system, the respiratory system, reproduction and health. Practical sessions focus on microscopy skills and health investigations.
In year 7 we study particle theory, solutions, the periodic table, atoms and elements, acids and alkalis and rocks. In year 8 we study states of matter, density, gas pressure, atoms and compounds and chemical reactions. Practical sessions focus on the correct use of common lab equipment and measuring skills.
In year 7 we study forces, energy and the solar system. In year 8 we study speed, sound waves, light and magnets. Practical sessions focus on using appropriate equipment to take measurements and to explain physical phenomena.