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Science

 


Department profile

We are committed to promoting excellence in Science by developing scientists with high aspirations who enjoy being challenged. All students will have the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge through enquiry, investigations and discussions whilst developing their practical skills. They will be able to apply their scientific knowledge to the world around them. Every child should have a curiosity and passion for Science. We are dedicated to social justice and promoting women as scientists.

 

KS3 Curriculum

The Year 7 Science curriculum aims to make sure that all our students have the skills and background knowledge needed to engage with and build the foundations of their Key Stage 4 Science curriculum. Developing practical, enquiry and logical skills and techniques alongside a basic scientific understanding of how the world works around them. Students will engage in Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons along with the interesting interdisciplinary world that lies between the three main branches of science. During each term students will have the chance to take part in multiple experiments for each topic covered including a week long project during British Science Week which changes each year.

The Year 8 Science curriculum extends and builds on the foundation of knowledge and understanding laid down during Year 7 by using a spiral approach where the students revisit previous topics and use their collective understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics to increase their scientific capital and the interconnected nature of the world. This holistic approach is designed to engage students and prepare them for the rigors of Key Stage 4 which begins in Year 9 in Science. Students will continue to develop practical, enquiry and logical skills and techniques alongside an intermediate scientific understanding of how the world works around them. students will have the chance to take part in multiple experiments for each topic covered including a week long project during British Science Week which changes each year.

The year 9 curriculum builds on the fundamental knowledge offered at Y8. Using the concept of spiral curriculum, topics are revisited in greater depth and breadth through year 9. Scientific enquiry skills gathered in year 8 are nurtured further in the form of required practical where students get the opportunity to apply their knowledge to specific set of practical tasks and a range of working models through STEM week activities. Year 9 open evening offers students and parents to discuss combined & separate science options and to explore career options that could be pursued through these pathways.

 

KS4 Curriculum

The year 10 Science curriculum builds on the fundamental knowledge offered at Y9. Using the concept of spiral curriculum, topics are revisited in greater depth and breadth through Year 10. Scientific enquiry skills are further nurtured in the form of required practical tasks set within each topic. The curriculum alternates between Biology, Chemistry and Physics offering opportunities for clear links to be made across the three sciences. Through assessments and end of year mock, students also gather an idea of the pathway that would be most suitable for them (combined science or triple).

Using the concept of spiral curriculum, topics are revisited in greater depth and breadth through Year 11. Scientific enquiry skills are further nurtured in the form of required practical tasks set within each topic. The curriculum alternates between Biology, Chemistry and Physics offering opportunities for clear links to be made across the three sciences. Through assessments and mocks, students could practice completing exams under GCSE exam conditions. Year 11 taster day offers a flavour into Chemistry, Physics and Biology taught at A levels. Students are also offered targeted after school interventions to plug out gaps in knowledge and to build in exam techniques.  

KS5 Curriculum

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A levels are available in Biology, Chemistry and Physics alongside BTEC Science.