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Science

Our Aim

Our vision is to ensure that all of our pupils reach their full potential and strive to achieve more than they ever thought possible. We want our pupils to ask questions about the world around them and to be inquisitive and try to solve problems independently.

The school meets the needs of society’s most complex, vulnerable and disaffected individuals. These additional needs have resulted in multiple permanent exclusions from primary schooling, mainstream, special and independent settings. Engagement in the context of the school is excellent and pupils contribute exceptionally well to the life and work of the school. We do this by promoting care and respect and expect high standards in all aspects of school life.

All pupils follow the national curriculum for science at all key stages. This aims to ensure that all pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. They will develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

In science, pupils are taught in a purpose built fully equipped science laboratory, which has a View Sonic interactive screen, a fully equipped preparation room and all the latest textbooks and science educational software. Pupils have access to a large poly-tunnel and extensive school fields and woods for practical lessons.

Key Stage 2

(We currently only provide education for Year 6 (Age 10 pupils)

Year 6 pupils have two science lessons per week and follow the National Curriculum for Upper Key Stage 2. The principal focus of science teaching in Year 6 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They aim to do this through exploring and talking about their ideas and asking their own questions about scientific phenomena. They should also begin to recognise that scientific ideas change and develop over time.

This programme includes a variety of activities that promote learning, independence and service to others. Pupils learn how to identify hazards in the home, countryside, on roads and in water and how to stay safe in these situations. They also study minor injuries such as burns, scalds, wounds and stings; including how to administer first aid and respond to accidents that are more serious. Additionally, pupils study science in other subjects such as Topic, where they identify and name parts of the circulatory system and describe the function of the heart and blood. They also learn about the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function. There are opportunities for scientific investigations through stand-alone lessons and data handling is also taught during Numeracy lessons. Our science programme aims to build pupils’ confidence and motivation to develop their skills into the next stage of their education.

Key Stage 3

The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. Examples of these big ideas are the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions. They should be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations. We believe this is how pupils learn to see the world analytically, to explain phenomena and make predictions – all skills they need for their next stage of scientific learning.

In Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils follow a modular curriculum that has elements of biology, chemistry and physics. Each year group has three science lessons per week.

Part 1 - Year 7/8 Part 2 - Year 8/9
Forces Speed Gravity Contact forces Pressure
Electromagnetics Voltage & resistance  Current Electromagnetics Magnetism
Energy Energy costs Energy transfer Work Heating & Cooling
Waves Sound Light Wave effects Wave properties
Matter Particle model Separating mixtures Periodic table Elements
Reactions Metals & non-metals Acids & alkalis Chemical energy Types of reaction
Earth Earth structure Universe Climate Earth resources
Organisms Movement Cells Breathing Digestion
Ecosystem Interdependance Plant reproduction Respiration Photosynthesis
Genes Variation Human reproduction Evolution Inheritance

 Key Stage 4

Teaching of the sciences in Key Stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. For some pupils, studying the sciences in Key Stage 4 provides the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For others, it will be their last formal study of subjects that provide the foundations for understanding the natural world and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society. Science is changing our lives and to the world’s future prosperity and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be helped to appreciate the achievements of science in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are inter-linked, and which are of universal application.

Year 10 and 11 pupils study Entry Level Combined Science and covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics - at this level it is a single award. Pupils also have the chance to study the single sciences and take a number of GCSE’s depending on their ability. Practical lessons are one of the most engaging parts of a science education but are also essential for pupils’ understanding of scientific theory and the science team use practical lessons as much as possible to support the teaching and learning of science. Each year group has three science lessons per week.

Summary of content of single science GCSEs:

Biology Chemistry Physics
1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of chemical change
7. Chemical analysis
8. Chemistry of the atmosphere
9. Using resources
1. Forces
2. Energy
3. Waves
4. Electricity
5. Magnetism and electromagnetism
6. Particle model of matter
7. Atomic structure

 

The examination consists two examinations per single science each of one and three quarter hours.

Further information can be found on the following sites:
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/ks3/ks3-science-syllabus
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/elc/science-5960
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463