At Kenton College we believe that Science stimulates and excites a pupil's curiosity about phenomena and events here in Nairobi, Kenya, and the wider world around them. Because the Common Entrance Science taught at Kenton links direct practical experience with ideas, it engages learners at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Through Science, pupils understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change - impacting industry, business, and medicine leading to an improvement in quality of life.
Pupils who school at Kenton College, Nairobi, come to recognise the cultural significance of Science and trace it's world-wide development. They learn to question and discuss the science based issues that may effect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
In the Senior Department at Kenton we start the CE syllabus in Year 6. This means that we have an extra year to complete the fundamental principles of the course early on. During this ‘introductory’ stage Year 6 develop familiarity with laboratory procedures, including the use of Bunsen burners and safe practice. They meet a wide variety of chemicals and learn various measurement techniques.
In Year 7 the work carried out by the Kenton pupils becomes more demanding and expectations are raised even further. During this year the bulk of the CE work is done. The pupils are now comfortable with using laboratory apparatus and are able to concentrate more fully on the underlying principles that their practical work is uncovering.
The CE course is completed by the end of the Christmas Term in Year 8. This leaves enough time to begin a comprehensive revision course before the mock exams. Revision continues in a varied and targeted way right up to the CE exams are sat shortly after the half term break in Trinity Term.
Throughout these three years the pupils study Science with a view to its practical applications, and the actuality of what they are learning in the real world. Kenton College has a 35 acre campus with a variety of habitats. This is an unusual resource so close to the centre of Nairobi and one that we are grateful for. In addition to this pupils attend day and residential course around Nairobi and other parts of Kenya. It is made clear that environmental problems encountered as a result of population growth and poor management need to be addressed and solutions sought.