Our aim is to open our students’ eyes to the wonder of science and its ability to answer the ‘big questions’ and explain all natural phenomena: from the smallest subatomic level, up to the vast macroscopic scale of the universe.
- Equip all students to be able to understand the science that affects their daily lives and how science will impact their futures and that of the world and beyond.
- Inspire passion for learning science, its ability to answer ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’ questions and to appreciate that science is in constant development as new observations are made.
- Deliver a knowledge-rich curriculum with opportunities for students to enhance and extend their knowledge beyond the classroom.
- Develop confident scientific communicators who can describe, explain and scrutinise current and pre-existing scientific ideas.
- Embed scientific literacy and numeracy skills throughout the science curriculum.
- Ensure that subject content is sequenced to build understanding and that there is a balance between teaching scientific concepts and supporting students to be able to ‘work scientifically’.
- Support students to select the most appropriate GCSE course option for them and subsequently to achieve the best grades possible at GCSE and beyond.
- Encourage students to study and work in science beyond year 11 and nurture their wider interest through: stretch and challenge in lessons; structured extension work; directed access to wider reading and extra-curricular opportunities.
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is based around the Exploring Science course (created by Pearson Education).
All classes start the year by studying the topic:
Introduction to Science: Safety and Skills
The Particle Model
The sequence of the remaining topics to be covered prior to the Y7 exam (w/c 27th June 2022) varies slightly from one class to another. The exact topic rota for all Y7 classes can be accessed via the Student Science website, linked here
The topics that will be studied from just before Christmas until the end of June are:
Mixtures and Separation
Muscles and Bones
Acids and Alkalis
Atoms, Elements and Molecules
The final topic to be studied in Y7 (that will not be included in the Y7 exam) is: