Biology is a rapidly developing science and very much related to the problems of modern life and the teaching of biology at Queen Anne’s reflects this. We aim to provide through the exploration and study of biology, sufficient knowledge and understanding to allow pupils to recognise that its study is relevant to everyday life and to be able to take an informed interest in matters of scientific importance. We aim to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in biology and promote an awareness of its significance in personal, social and environmental contexts. Practical work is an integral part of learning biology throughout the school and girls experience both prescriptive and open-ended practical investigations. During these the girls are encouraged to make accurate observations and measurements; record systematically and use experimental design experiments to answer questions or investigate hypotheses.
The Science Centre is a state-of-the art building with seven laboratories; all are fully networked with computer points at each work space. A class set of laptops is available for accessing the internet and the VLE (virtual learning environment), for modelling, simulations and data-logging. Every lab has a data projector, with most also having Smart Boards. The building has a dedicated Sixth Form computer suite, a dark room and an integral greenhouse on the top floor.
Science in Action!
Science at Queen Anne’s provides an excellent preparation for life in the modern world and it’s fun! Click here to see Dr Digestion aka Miss Robinson demonstrate how poo is made!
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The girls take part in a variety of trips. L4 are involved in field work at Beale Park, during which they carry out a variety of ecological investigations and study adaptations. In addition, the 4s have a trip to the Natural History Museum in London every summer to support the curriculum. Many girls in L4, 4 and U4 get involved with the Eco-Committee run by a member of the department. This is the driving force behind our Eco-Schools work. The role of the committee is to try to: involve and inform the whole school about decisions and projects that will take place; take the lead in environmental reviews; ensure that all sectors of the school community are represented in the decision-making process; provide a link between pupils, teachers, the senior management team, governors and the whole school community; take the lead in delivering the Eco-Schools Action Plan. To date the Eco-Committee, along with the help of the school community, have undertaken a number of exciting projects. These include:
- Development of a vegetable patch.
- Tree planting.
- Green/recycled mufti awareness day.
- Making eco pledges.
- A stall selling vegetable plants at the spring fayre.
- Installation of a biomass boiler.
- We are also looking forward to the development of a pond in the near future. This is a really exciting time for Queen Anne’ s. Having already achieved our bronze and silver eco-school awards, we are now working towards the converted green flag award, and new and enthusiastic volunteers are always welcome!