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Science Curriculum Intent

 

  • To develop students’ understanding of how Science is reflected in the world around them and how they can use Science to make a positive impact on society and the environment. 

  • Develop logical thinking and problem solving skills. 

  • Combine basic Maths and English skills in context to help develop analytical thinking and present scientific information in a number of different ways. 

  • To provide students with opportunities to work scientifically so that they can develop a passion and enthusiasm for learning that remains with them throughout their lives and equips them with the transferable skills needed to become successful citizens. 

Year 7

There are two Science lessons each week. 

This subject aims to:

  • Develop practical knowledge and skills to use scientific equipment safely and accurately. 

  • Provide a grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics that builds on knowledge learnt at KS2.  

  • Understand basic vocabulary relating to the different topics covered.  

  Topic
Autumn 1 Health and safety & Cells and organs
Autumn 2 Acids and Alkalis
Spring 1 Light and sound
Spring 2 Reproduction
Summer 1 Particles and their behaviour
Summer 2 Forces

 

Year 8 & 9

There are two Science lessons each week.

The aims of this subject are:

  • Apply skills they have learnt to safely carry out a wide range of different experiments.  

  • Provide a grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics that allow students to successfully complete KS4 accreditations. 

  • Build on basic literacy and maths skills to begin analysing and presenting data in different ways.  

Cycle 1 Topic
Autumn 1 Health and safety & Separation techniques
Autumn 2 Health and lifestyle
Spring 1 Space
Spring 2 Atoms, compounds and the periodic table
Summer 1 Electricity
Summer 2 Ecosystems

 

Cycle 2 Topic
Autumn 1 Health and safety & Structure and function of body systems
Autumn 2 Reactions
Spring 1 Energy
Spring 2 Metals and acids
Summer 1 Motion
Summer 2 Adaptation and inheritance

Science Crest Award & Unit Award Scheme KS4

Students taking the CREST award will choose an enquiry based learning project that they are interested in. The bronze level award introduces STEM project work where students can work individually or as part of a team to design their own investigation, carry it out and record and evaluate their findings.  

The unit award scheme offers students the opportunity to study a wide variety and range of different scientific topics in small units. The scheme formally recognises the learning and work the students have produced after each unit. 

The aims of both schemes are to: 

  • Learn the principals of scientific enquiry 

  • Promote independent and reflective learning.  

  • Improve understanding of theory through practical experience. 

  • Learn specific practical skills. 

  • Develop skills such as teamwork, communication and perseverance.  

Entry Level Science KS4

KS4 Science Intent

  • Plan investigations taking into consideration all aspects of the practical work.  

  • Carry out practical work independently and draw conclusions from results obtained.  

  • Present data in a number of different formats. 

  • Critically analyse practical work carried out and suggest improvements. 

  • Link scientific theory to observations seen.  

 

Year 10 Topic
Autumn 1

Chemistry in our world

Autumn 2

Teacher devised assessment for Chemistry in our world

Spring 1

The Human Body

Spring 2

Teacher devised assessment for The Human Body

Summer 1

Electricity, Magnetism and Waves

Summer 2

Teacher devised assessment for Electricity, Magnetism and Waves

 

Year 11 Topic
Autumn 1

Energy

Autumn 2

Teacher devised assessment for Energy

Spring 1

Elements, Mixtures and Compounds

Spring 2

Teacher devised assessment for Elements, Mixtures and Compounds

Summer 1

Environment, Evolution and Inheritance

Summer 2

Teacher devised assessment for Environment, Evolution and Inheritance

Level 1 BTEC Applied Science KS4

Level 1 BTEC Applied Science Intent

  • To develop students’ understanding of how Science is reflected in the world around them and how they can use Science to make a positive impact on society and the environment. 
  • Develop logical thinking and problem solving skills. 
  • Combine basic Maths and English skills in context to help develop analytical thinking and present scientific information in a number of different ways. 
  • To provide students with opportunities to work scientifically so that they can develop a passion and enthusiasm for learning that remains with them throughout their lives and equips them with the transferable skills needed to become successful citizens. 
Cycle 1 Topic
Autumn  Skills and techniques for chemistry investigations
Spring Skills and techniques for chemistry investigations
Summer  The study of living systems

 

Cycle 2 Topic
Autumn 1 The study of living systems
Autumn 2 Working in the science sector 
Spring 1 Working in the science sector/Forensics
Spring 2 Forensics
Summer 1 Forensics
Summer 2 End of Term Project

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