Science is a general term used to cover three main disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Biology is the study of living things and life processes; Chemistry is the study of the elements, the compounds they form and the reactions they undergo; Physics is the study of the properties and interactions of matter and energy.

Together the exploration of these subjects helps boys to gain a more comprehensive understanding of how things work in the world around us and build an essential understanding of our existence, our lifestyles and how we interact with this world.

At Caldicott we endeavour to instil good habits into our young scientists from the outset. It is our aim

  • to foster in all boys an interest in and awareness of Science.
  • to develop the understanding that Science is as much a way of seeing the world around us and a method of trying to understand it, as it is a body of existing knowledge.
  • to prepare the boys to pass the Common Entrance or Scholarship examination as appropriate to their ability.
  • to present the boys with opportunities to carry out practical science investigations so that they may develop their ability within the subject and learn the experimental approach necessary to lead to the discovery of information.

Our Science department consists of two light and airy state of the art laboratories with an adjoining complementary prep room. The spaces have been designed to enable the delivery of practical Biology, Chemistry and Physics in well-equipped and spacious surroundings. Boys have the opportunity to do some really exciting hands-on Science which enthuses them in the subject and fosters curiosity.


Outline of the Science Syllabus

The importance and relevance of the sciences in today's world is reflected in the importance it is given within our curriculum, and Science is taught throughout the school from Year 3 to Year 8.

Boys are introduced to a full range of scientific concepts in their first three years, and the topics that they are taught often mirrors what is being taught in Senior Schools but at a more basic level. They undertake experimental and practical work in the laboratories as often as possible. From Year 6 onwards topics are studied again in more detail and greater depth.

Year 6


Physics Biology

Solids, liquids and gases

Circuits Cells and cell functions

Separating mixtures

Magnetic fields and electromagnets Humans and organisms

Physical changes

The earth and beyond

Elements, compouds and mixtures    


Year 7 


Physics Biology

Elements, compounds and mixtures

Forces and motion Green plants

Chemical Reactions

The behaviour of light and sound Variation, classification, inheritance



Living things in their environment
Solids, liquids and gases    


Year 8


Physics Biology

Chemical Reactions

Energy resources and energy transfer Reproduction



Acids and bases




Revision and preparation for their Common Entrance or Scholarship examinations is followed by project work.


Gareth Leggett - Head of Science






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