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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.  

 

Cycle 1 Topic
Autumn 1

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

Autumn 2

ELB2: Babies (reproduction) – human reproduction

ELC2: Acids and alkalis – acidity and alkalinity in everyday science

ELP2: Full spectrum – electromagnetic waves

Spring 1

ELB3: Control systems – control systems of the human body

ELC3: Everything in its place – the periodic table

ELP3: Medical rays – using waves in medicine

Spring 2

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

Summer 2

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

 

Cycle 2 Topic
Autumn 1

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

Autumn 2

ELB9: Creepy crawlies – ecosystems and fieldwork

ELC9: Fuels – hydrocarbons and polymers

ELP9: Pushes and pulls – forces and Newton’s laws of motion

Spring 1

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

Spring 2

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

Summer 1

ELB12: Food factory – plants and food production

ELC12: CSI plus – forensic science

ELP12: Final frontier – astronomy and astrophysics

Summer 2

End of Topic Project

Level 1 BETEC Applied Science KS4

Level 1 BETEC 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