Key Stage 3
Our intent in the Science Department is to deliver a high quality, inspiring curriculum that provides the foundation for understanding the world through biology, chemistry and physics. This will have an appreciation of how understanding science has changed all our lives and relates to real world context irrespective of background or starting point. Students will be taught key knowledge and concepts and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding and be equipped to understand the uses and implication of science today and for the future.
The curriculum will be developed to build on key knowledge and principals, students will become confident in scientific enquiry, handling, presenting and evaluating data through a wide range of examples and scenarios. All students will have the opportunity to experience visits to museums and relevant scientific venues and lectures.
Integrate and review maths skills at planned points in the curriculum as per lesson overview at KS3, encourage the use of scientific calculators, imbed graph skills, units, rearranging of basic equations & basic statistical analysis.
Key vocabulary is highlighted in every lesson and terminology discussed. Students will use PiXL unlock to aim key words & phrases.
Students will be set extended pieces of writing homework based on key science concepts, these will be formally assessed in accordance with College Assessment and literacy Policies
Fact sheets will be distributed during the topic taught. Students will be expected to learn these with regular short fact tests to become knowledge rich & develop long term memory to improve understanding, application and explanation.
There will be planned science staff CPD focusing on subject pedagogy during department meetings to continue to develop science teachers.
Students will have a solid foundation of the key concepts in science, they will be able to understand key principals and explain those using the correct scientific language. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to real world scenarios and be able to describe and explain patterns in data. Students will be able to speak enthusiastically about their experience in science lessons. As a result of the implementations above, KS3 is taught in a comprehensive manner with effective teaching of maths, literacy and working scientifically.
Key Stage 4
The aim of the KS4 study of science is to fire pupils curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.
The study of science is compulsory at KS4. Students can opt to take triple science, resulting in an individual GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or study Combined Science resulting in two GSCEs. Students are set according to their average achieved level in year 9.
For each science students study a range of topics giving a thorough understanding to enable successful onward study at A level and beyond. For each subject a range of practical skills are practised and a significant portion of the marks in the exam are based on the assessment of these skills.