That well-known saying, ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow’, might be heard in many contexts at Knighton House school, but never in the Science lab, despite its roots in botany – much more likely to be heard is: ‘Now, we are going to replicate the workings of the digestive system using a pipe cleaner and a pompom’; equally likely is to hear our girls singing about science. ‘They Might be Giants’ are a favourite band in the Science department, their (annoyingly) catchy tunes helping girls understand complex processes in Biology, Physics and Chemistry (have your own Science singalong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0zION8xjbM).
The Science department also uses everything it can lay its hands on in the school grounds, reinforcing the message of science’s practical applications – our dipping pond is used to study habitats, for example, but you will also see pupils in the grounds playing at being planets in the solar system, helping them to visualise the relative sizes and distances between them, and many of us will certainly have been spied upon by B1 pupils with their periscopes – all in the name of science; in this case, how light is reflected.
Looking beyond the school, the department takes part in regular Science activity days and the Bryanston Science essay competition has become an annual fixture in the calendar. A whole-school STEM day, careers in Science and speakers who work in niche areas of the science industry are all routes into making science accessible, fun and relevant to our pupils.