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.
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.
|Autumn 1||Health and safety & Cells and organs|
|Autumn 2||Acids and Alkalis|
|Spring 1||Light and sound|
|Summer 1||Particles and their behaviour|
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.
|Autumn 1||Health and safety & Separation techniques|
|Autumn 2||Health and lifestyle|
|Spring 2||Atoms, compounds and the periodic table|
|Autumn 1||Health and safety & Structure and function of body systems|
|Spring 2||Metals and acids|
|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.
ELB1: Dead or alive (cells) – the role of cells
ELC1: Physical or chemical change – using the particle model
ELP1: Getting the message – using waves to communicate
ELB2: Babies (reproduction) – human reproduction
ELC2: Acids and alkalis – acidity and alkalinity in everyday science
ELP2: Full spectrum – electromagnetic waves
ELB3: Control systems – control systems of the human body
ELC3: Everything in its place – the periodic table
ELP3: Medical rays – using waves in medicine
ELB4: Fooling your senses – sight, smell, taste, touch and reflex reactions
ELC4: Clean air and water – environmental chemistry
ELP4: Hot stuff – heat, temperature and states of matter
ELB5: Gasping for breath – human respiration and respiratory diseases
|Summer 1||ELB5: Gasping for breath – human respiration and respiratory diseases
ELC5: Novel materials – alloys, composites and carbon compounds
ELP5: Alternative energy – renewable and non-renewable energy sources
ELB6: Casualty – human circulatory system
ELC6: Sorting out – purifying mixtures
ELP6: Nuclear power – atomic model and radioactivity
ELB7: You can only have one life – digestive system and drugs
ELC7: Let’s get together – salts (NaCl), reactions and electrolysis
ELP7: Our electricity supply – domestic electricity supply and Ohm’s law
ELB8: Body wars – human immune system
ELC8: Heavy metal – reactivity and the extraction and recycling of metals
ELP8: Attractive forces – magnetic fields and electromagnetism
ELB9: Creepy crawlies – ecosystems and fieldwork
ELC9: Fuels – hydrocarbons and polymers
ELP9: Pushes and pulls – forces and Newton’s laws of motion
ELB10 Extinction – fossils, evolution and biodiversity
ELC10: Are you overreacting – using periodic table to predict rates of reaction
ELP10: Driving along – motion, forces and energy transfer
ELB11: My genes – DNA and genetics
ELC11: How fast? How slow? – practical laboratory skills and rates of reaction
ELP11: Fly me to the moon – rockets and the solar system
ELB12: Food factory – plants and food production
ELC12: CSI plus – forensic science
ELP12: Final frontier – astronomy and astrophysics
End of Topic Project
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.
|Autumn||Skills and techniques for chemistry investigations|
|Spring||Skills and techniques for chemistry investigations|
|Summer||The study of living systems|
|Autumn 1||The study of living systems|
|Autumn 2||Working in the science sector|
|Spring 1||Working in the science sector/Forensics|
|Summer 2||End of Term Project|