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The approach to Science at AIS is of harnessing the students´ natural curiosity and enthusiasm. We involve students of all abilities by utilising a variety of activities in each lesson; practical investigation, models, discussion, computer simulations, data-logging and research, and activities which are designed to raise thinking skills. Students are encouraged to enjoy the subject while working hard, and at a pace which sustains interest. Regular homework and topic tests reinforce the learning and allow us to monitor progress. The department has two laboratories for KS3, 4 and 5, a preparation room, and a small laboratory which is used for some sixth form Science teaching. We have specialist teachers for each branch of Science and a laboratory technician.
Students are taught to the National Curriculum via the Cambridge Science scheme for Secondary 1. They take Secondary 1 Checkpoint tests in Year 9.
In Year 10 and 11 we teach either Cambridge IGCSE Coordinated Science or 3 separate Sciences; Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
AS and A2 courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered to students who achieve a minimum of grade B in IGCSE Sciences. These are taught by well qualified and experienced teachers. We are constantly looking to improve our resources to support the already excellent standards of teaching and learning at this level.