Science

From Years 2 to 11, students at Hampton Court House have science lessons with a subject specialist. Science lessons are rooted in the 11+, 13+ and IGCSE curricula, but all of our teachers are passionate about extending students’ education beyond the curriculum. Our goal is to foster in our students a spirit of enquiry. When they leave us, students should feel confident tackling complex problems using the scientific method, that is, they should feel able not only to pose questions, but also to come up with methods for solving them.

Science dayAs a department, we have close ties with the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, we go on field trips with the Field Studies Council, we enter competitions with bodies such as the Royal Society of Chemistry, and of course, take advantage of our proximity to museums in London.

Abigail HowardBSc PGCE
  • Head of Science

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Y13 Attend ‘Physics in Action’ at Emmanuel Centre

Year 13 physicists took a trip to the Emmanuel centre in Westminster last week to hear talks from five brilliant UK physicists.

The lectures were entertaining, wide ranging and thought provoking. The speakers, all research scientists at leading UK institutions, gave some insight into applications of... physics to addressing some of the big questions facing us today:


-How can we improve cancer treatment so that it has fewer side effects?
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The speakers encouraged students to consider why the arrow of time only points forwards and why even a system as apparently simple as a double pendulum is basically too chaotic to predict accurately.

The language of the talks was technical and really stretched the students beyond the A level but they were able to get a lot from the day, and made full use of their front row seats to ask lots of questions.

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The Big Think

On Friday, our group went to the Science Museum for activities day. We went there by train to Wimbledon and then took the tube to South Kensington. In the museum we first had 20 minutes to visit some of it, we visited the astronomy part. Then we watched a movie in an iMax theatre in 3D about engineering... and how much engineering impacts the world we live in and how important it is. It was one if the biggest screens that we have seen and the 3D effects were remarkable. After, we went upstairs and played games based on engineering and space. Later on, we ate lunch and visited the rest of the museum which I found very interesting and informative. The museum covered vehicles, economics, space and more although we didn’t have enough time to visit everything but we still enjoyed it. Finally we arrived at school at exactly 4 pm.

Post written by Charles in Year 9.

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Science Week Talk by Surgeon Abdullah Jibawi

Consultant vascular surgeon Abdullah Jibawi gave a fascinating talk to students, parents and staff last night as part of Science Week.

Students heard an ultrasound of their pulses and learned how to diagnose vascular disease.

Science Week Lecture at HCH

John Kennett, developer of microgravity and terrestrial exercise countermeasures for astronauts explained fluid dynamics, aircraft engineering and the effect of gravity on physiology yesterday evening to an audience of over 40 parents and students.