The science teaching facilities at Thornton College are excellent. Science teachers each have a spacious, well equipped and modern laboratory, in a new, eco-friendly building.
THE VISION FOR SCIENCE AT THORNTON
- The best Science learning takes place when students are actively engaged in their learning.
- The best Science learning takes place when experimentation is at the heart of learning.
- The best Science learning takes place when enthusiastic teachers passionate and knowledgeable about their subject, bring this passion, knowledge and enthusiasm into the classroom and shares it with their students.
- The best Science learning takes place when students realise that their teacher cares about them as individuals and cares about their individual progress rather than lumping students together as groups.
This is what we endeavour to offer at Thornton.
Mr Chris George
Head of Science
Biology at Thornton College is not limited to just a formal education. The grounds lend themselves to additional activities such as a gardening club and the use of a wildlife pond.
Classes are relaxed but hard-working. Investigational skills are built up from Year 7, through practical work. Excursions to the Natural History Museum, for example, further broaden the girls’ understanding of Biology. Students attend a day of activities at the Amersham Field Studies Centre to study ecology.
A Gardening Club is run during the summer months and a bat detecting evening is organised annually for the boarders.
The ancient alchemists experimented in the hope of finding a way to turn base metals into gold – something that we now understand cannot be achieved by chemical reactions.
Science develops by a process of experimentation and Chemistry is no exception with the vast majority of lessons involving a practical component. Practical skills are developed throughout through the Senior School and GCSE courses and are assessed as part of the GCSE qualifications, so the pupils acquire the ability to plan, safely and carefully conduct and critically analyse experimental procedures. Our new, purpose-built laboratories ensure the girls work in the most up to date of environments to gain these skills.
The study of physics produces a range of transferable skills, such as logical thinking and analytical skills.
These skills are relevant to a wide range of employment opportunities, such as research, engineering, computer games industry and the financial market, to name but a few. There are opportunities to develop these skills outwith the normal timetabled classes, such as the weekly lunchtime science club and trips to The Science Museum in London.
The girls are always pleasantly surprised to learn that they can play with toys cars and tennis balls while learning about physics. At Thornton College all pupils study the core physics course in year 10 and the additional physics course in year 11. For pupils who opt to take separate sciences the further physics course is studied over years 10 and 11, with the exam being sat at the end of year 11.
During years 10 and 11 the curriculum at Thornton College is enhanced to whet the pupils’ appetite for further studies in physics. The core curriculum is developed to relate the theory to everyday applications such as the workings of eye correction glasses, fibreoptic communication systems and reversing aids in cars.