In Science students are encouraged to develop enquiring minds through exploration and observation of the world around them. Students are given opportunities to make predictions, test their ideas and draw conclusions through a range of practical experiments and theory-based lessons. We have a range of resources available to support the teaching of Science, and the school grounds are used to help develop an understanding of the natural world.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 science is focused on the National Curriculum Programme of Study. The students are taught in a combined class of years 4, 5 and 6 and the subject content is delivered in a way that builds up skills and knowledge in all students throughout the year.
Students will undertake a variety of topics, including:
The Biology of Living things and Evolution
The Organs of the Human Body
Light and Waves
Forces and Energy
Introduction to Chemical Reactions
Key Stage 3
In KS3 students follow a scheme of work designed to increase their experimental and analytical skills whilst developing their knowledge of specific biological, chemical and physical concepts. Students are encouraged to apply and improve their scientific communication and ICT skills throughout the course. The Key Stage 3 Science units of work are bespoke for our students’ needs and have been developed on site by our Science team.
The KS3 topics taught through classes 2 and 3 include:
Class 2 (Year 7)
Class 3 (Year 8)
How the body works
Elements, mixtures and compounds
Structure of materials
Evolution and Inheritance
Habitats and Organization
Chemistry on Earth
Common chemical reactions
Magnetism and Waves
Forces and Motion
Key Stage 4
Science is a compulsory subject for all students in Key Stage 4. It is a valuable, practical-based and informative subject. Science allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of the world around us and beyond. It will give students an understanding about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of many different concepts from curing diseases to predicting climate extremes.
The majority of students will study the AQA Combined GCSE Science course throughout Key Stage 4. Students will study equal proportions of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will complete a variety of different practical activities while covering the concepts. Different mathematical concepts and skills are also covered in the course. The students will complete external examinations at the end of their course and earn two Science GCSEs.
The Science course covers a wide range of content and students are supported through the course which is planned to reinforce key ideas through each year at school. The content is regularly revisited throughout the course, and links to other subjects are explored thoroughly.
There is a large practical element to the GCSE course, and students work safely in our custom laboratory with trained staff to complete the required practical experiments within the GCSE where it is appropriate and safe to do so.
The topics covered through the course are shown below: