At GIS’ Science faculty we strive to ignite a passion in each and every one of our students – a passion to find about the world we live in. Our goal is to provide students with innovative and exciting experiences through discovery and challenge whilst developing skills for lifelong learning.
Science at Garden International School
In Science at GIS, students will experience a range of lessons in which learning activities are diverse yet challenging as well as engaging and facilitated by our dynamic and enthusiastic teachers. In terms of skills, students will learn both scientific skills such as hypothesising, experimenting, observing, recording, analysing and concluding as part of the ‘scientific method’ but also general learner skills such as teamwork, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, independent learning, researching and ICT skills.
Enquiry based learning and the use of practical activities or interactive demonstrations form the basis for many Science lessons at GIS, and this allows students to experience ‘hands on science’, which in turn increases engagement and allowes them to experience first-hand scientific phenomena. Students, for instance, may be involved in learning about organs through dissections (Biology), deducing pH of solutions using titrations (Chemistry) or investigating motion and forces through the use of ramps and light gates.
The Science faculty at GIS also prides itself in the variety of yearly, science-based trips, which include:
- Year 12 Biology Trip to the laboratories at The University of Nottingham
- Year 13 Chemistry Trip to the laboratories at The University of Nottingham
- Year 10 Biology and Co-Ordinated Sciences Field Trips to study Ecosystems
- Year 12 Biology Field Trip to study Ecology
- And, last not least, our very own Physics Olympiad.
The trips are complemented by an exciting variety of science-based co-curricular activities and clubs, such as Blood and Gore, Chemistry Club, Reach Out Science (teaching Science to refugees), Junior Science Challenge and MedSoc (our society for students interested in Medicine).
All these outstanding opportunities are supported and made to stand out with the help of our superb team of 5 technicians, who work very hard to ensure lessons are resourced by preparing our practicals alongside our teaching staff, with the latter having a wide range of relevant experience and backgrounds ensuring academic rigour and pedagogic relevance.
The Science Week is a yearly highlight also, seeing Year 7 and 8 students complete a theme based project in their lessons. During lunchtimes, students from Years 7 to 13 can attend a variety of activities from dissection classes to Year 13 led seminars to treasure hunts. There are also activities during tutor times (video clips, crosswords, quizzes, etc.) as well as a ‘Dress Up as Science Day’ to kick off GIS’ always memorable Science Week.
We also offer a range of courses at IGCSE level, either Co-Ordinated Science or Separate Sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) to suit individual differences and preferences in learner styles and students’ further study and career plans.
All this, unsurprisingly, leads to large numbers of GIS students choosing to study Sciences at AS and A2 Level. Students feel supported and prepared for their examinations and the results by and large speak for themselves. In fact, many students go on to study Science based degrees at university-level. This is also why the Science department takes particular care and plays a major role in preparing students for interviews and Medicine applications.
At GIS, we bring out the best in everyone, both inside and outside of the classroom through our unique learning culture where we pursue our passions and strive for excellence; all in the spirit of respect, integrity and well being. Speak with us today to start your learning journey with GIS.