Science

Aims of the curriculum

Scientific thinking

  • Using scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and developing them creatively to generate and test theories
  • Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments.

Applications and implications of science

  • Exploring how the creative application of scientific ideas can bring about technological developments and consequent changes in the way people think and behave
  • Examining the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science

Practical and enquiry skills

  • Use a range of scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas and explanations
  • Assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace
  • Plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups

Critical understanding of evidence

  • Obtain, record and analyse data from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including ICT sources, and use their findings to provide evidence for scientific explanations
  • Evaluate scientific evidence and working methods

Communication

  • Use appropriate methods, including ICT, to communicate scientific information and contribute to presentations and discussions about scientific issues

 

Curriculum overview

Year 7

Biology
  • Cells, and specialised cells. Osmosis and diffusion.
  • Organs and organ systems. Lungs and breathing. The roles of muscles and skeleton.
  • Reproduction and adolescence
Chemistry
  • Particles and their behaviours
  • Elements atoms and compounds
  • Reactions, equations and energy
  • Acids and alkalis
Physics
  • Forces and their effects
  • Sounds and waves
  • Light, reflection, refraction and colour
  • Universe and the solar system

Year 8

Biology
  • Health and Lifestyle 
  • Ecosystems
  • Adaptation and inheritance
Chemistry
  • The periodic table 
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth - Geology
Physics
  • Motion and Pressure
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy

Teaching methods and student organisation

Year 7 and 8 are set in accordance to KS2 maths results. There is some movement between sets, depending upon test grades gained throughout the year. Year 7 and 8 complete three lessons, per week. Lessons are both theory (written evaluations, worksheets, notes and diagrams) and practical based (experiments to ascertain how science works, gaining results and evaluating key findings); which consist of separate modules within the three disciplines. Each module is an average of 14 lessons, with a test at the end of each one to ascertain gained knowledge.

Progression after Key Stage 3

In years 9 -11 pupils will study the GCSE in science. All pupils will complete Core and Additional Science, giving them 2 GCSE’s. Some pupils currently in Year 9 or lower will have the opportunity to move onto the triple Science pathway in Year 11 if at least a grade B is achieved in Years 9 and 10.

We offer A levels in biology, chemistry and physics to pupils who achieve at least a grade B in additional science and achieve at least a B in the subject exam they wish to opt to take.

We also offer applied science for pupils who achieve a grade C in additional science.

 

How can you help your child?

Science vocabulary is essential in understanding processes, with many terms being new and appearing complex to younger students. Discussions at home on how things work or news articles can encourage students to be more inquisitive and think more scientifically, whilst learning about the world around them. Students are encouraged to question why and how things happen and evaluate experimental findings. Students receive homework on a weekly basis which is used to reinforce the learning of key concepts, as well as encourage the use of key scientific terms. Research through the internet or Key Stage 3 bite size is a good way for students to enhance their learning. Revision needs to take place for end of module tests as it forms the basis for the knowledge needed to progress onto Key Stage 4.

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