Science

curriculum intent

We study Science because Science means discovery.  Discovery of how the world works, our place, impact, role and the responsibilities we have. To explore how scientific ideas, develop and how we learn by experimentation. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and intellectually challenging learning environment to enable all our students to develop scientific consciousness, from the subatomic to the intergalactic.

The Team

The science teaching team is made up of 15 fully qualified science teachers supported by a senior science technician and 3 further science technicians. The team is housed in 14 purpose built laboratories with 3 prep rooms. With an emphasis on learning through doing, we are well equipped for practical experimentation.

key stage 3

Science follows the AQA KS3 scheme of work. Each topic is around 5-6 weeks in duration with an assessment at the end of each topic. The aim of KS3 is to enthuse students with appreciation of science learning and allow them to discover how things work. We aim to provide a grounding in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as looking at scientific problem solving and use of evidence to develop theories and explanations. The emphasis of KS3 is on practical and investigative

 work with a constant effort to relate what we teach to the world around them. Students will undertake a variety of project based learning which is additional to the curriculum topics in order to raise awareness of science in society. We would like every student to leave KS3 having completed a science CREST award. CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Classes are taught in broad bands of ability.