Computing and Science at Chinthurst

Putting the fun into learning

‘Please don’t take it personally if your child doesn't want to come home at the end of the day; they’re busy having fun and making memories (otherwise known as being completely engaged in learning).  Don’t take our word for it though. Ask a Year 3 about robotic lighthouses or a Year 4 about peristalsis using tights’.

Computing at Chinthurst

At Chinthurst, computing and robotics are embedded in the curriculum from age two, integrated into every lesson as well as being a stand-alone subject.

Our youngest children learn to code using Bee Bots and are introduced to animation and game creation with Scratch Junior. As they progress, Scratch 2 provides more advanced learning and develops their creativity and critical thinking further.

From Year 3, the children engage in STEAM and coding using a variety of hardware and software. SAM Labs allow them to build and program remote-control cars, debugging their work as they go and learning the value of taking risks and making mistakes along the way. This attitude to learning carries over into other lessons, with a particularly positive impact on problem-solving in Maths and Science.

Our 3D printer enables the children to develop their creativity even further and to take their designs to the next level. 3D printing software ensures they are learning key skills for the future.

All year groups have the opportunity to use iPads in every area of the curriculum – they might take videos of an exciting science experiment or practice Maths skills on Purple Mash – giving them access to a world of learning in every lesson.

Science at Chinthurst

Science at Chinthurst is all about getting your hands dirty! Investigation is a fundamental part of lessons and the children are encouraged to be inquisitive – often resulting in a strong aroma wafting from the science lab or an exploding coke bottle spraying liquid onto classroom windows. We firmly believe that experiments are the best way to answer scientific questions and the children come to lessons bursting with excitement and ideas.

Science starts in Kindergarten with textures, magnifying glasses and lots of fun. From Year 3, lessons take on a whole new perspective in our wonderful science lab. By the time they reach Year 6, they can confidently dissect a heart, not only to study the physiology of the organ, but also to develop the hands on skills to investigate a complex structure and the research skills to analyse how it beats.