MOULSFORD
BOYS' PREP SCHOOL

Science


We aim to promote scientific ways of thinking

The word “Science” brings to mind different pictures for different people. For some it is a fat textbook, people in lab coats and funny looking glasses, microscopes, astronomers peering through telescopes, David Attenborough in a rainforest, Albert Einstein’s equations scribbled on a black board, Neil Armstrong stepping foot on the Moon or that Bunsen burner smell that evokes memories of your own school laboratory.  

All of those images do reflect some aspects of Science, but at Moulsford we aim to promote scientific ways of thinking behind the image.  We believe:

  • Science is both knowledge and understanding:  We try to make all Science a continuum rather than a collection of isolated facts in a textbook. This combination of knowledge and understanding enables the boys to have a broader view of the natural world.
  • Science is exciting:  Science is about discovering what is in the universe and how things worked in the past, today and how things are likely to work in the future. Boys at Moulsford are motivated by the thrill of as much practical work as possible; investigational work is paramount.
  • Science is on-going:  Just as our boys grow and change, Science is continually changing and therefore needs refining. As our knowledge and understanding of our boys develops so does the Science teaching. Science could be described as “never finished” which certainly applies to our boys.
  • Science is a global endeavour:  Our boys, and children from all over the world, participate in the process of Science.

To summarise, at Moulsford we endeavour to develop a set of attitudes in the boys which promote scientific ways of thinking. These include: open-mindedness, perseverance, objectivity and recognising the importance of teamwork.

Our aim is for the boys to be able to recall scientific facts, ideas and data through speaking, writing and interpretation of data.  Once the fundamentals have been established, the boys will be able to apply these concepts to other situations, make and test hypotheses and therefore make valid conclusions based on the information they have found out.

We carry out as much practical work as possible in two purpose-built Science laboratories. The laboratories are fully equipped with all the necessary practical apparatus along with interactive whiteboards in each.

By the time the boys leave Moulsford, we hope that they will be both confident in the laboratory, and have developed a love and an interest in Science that will lead them to continue studying it at their Senior Schools and beyond.

Russell English
Head of Science
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Head of Department Profile

Russell English
Head of Science

In June 2001, I completed my BSc (Hons) at Coventry University in Biological Sciences, after which I embarked on my PGCE at the University of Warwick. After successfully completing my PGCE, I spent two very enjoyable years at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School & Language College in Coventry teaching Science before moving into the independent sector at Culford. At Culford I continued to teach Science as well as being the Assistant House Master in the prep school’s mixed Boarding House.

In September 2007, I moved to Moulsford and have enjoyed the last ten years immensely as the Head of Science. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how all the boys have progressed both academically and socially, as well as on the games field. During my time at Moulsford, I have also had the opportunity to study for and complete my MA in Education at Oxford Brookes University. In my free time I love playing golf and watching my beloved Coventry City. In August 2015 I married Frances Wigley, who is a Teaching Assistant in Bobcats (Reception class) in Pre-Prep.