Science Curriculum Intent
The Science curriculum aims to provide ALL learners with:
-a broad and balanced education, exploring ideas that have clear links to real-world applications;
-experiences to allow them to understand and explain the world around them;
-an environment with stimuli to challenge and develop their skills and knowledge;
-the confidence to be inquisitive and to approach challenges both calmly and logically, basing their conclusions on the evidence at hand.
The Science Faculty has set out a spiralling, yet ever-evolving curriculum where ideas are consistently revisited and logically linked to current learning. Connections between topics and subjects are clear, ensuring pupils have a broader understanding of the content being studied, helping them to make remarkable progress within the subject. This approach requires effective collaboration across departments within the school, ensuring cross-curricular links are drawn upon, and reinforced, resulting in a holistic, whole school approach to learning.
As a result of this approach we aim to inspire a significant proportion of our cohort to study sciences beyond GCSE, and to foster the curiosity and confidence in all learners to ask “why?” when faced with the unknown and to actively seek and discover the answer.
Year 7 and Year 8 Chemistry
Our KS3 curriculum introduces students to the fundamental concepts in Chemistry, building their understanding, preparing them for KS4, both theoretically and practically, whilst simultaneously opening their eyes to the wonder of science and how science is applied in everyday life. Students are taught how to think logically, analyse data and articulate their findings both verbally and on paper.
The Chemistry department uses a range of formative and summative assessment methods to monitor student progress. Each individual unit taught is assessed to allow teaching staff to offer an effective and targeted intervention and ensure all students make their expected progress at KS3.
Years 9,10 &11 GCSE Chemistry
Students follow the OCR Gateway Chemistry A (9-1) J248 specification. This specification examines students on their academic and practical studies and requires them to be able to interpret the questions and apply their learning.
The specification consists of six units, taught over three years. To prepare students for these terminal exams, lessons have both theoretical and practical content requiring the students to record their results and observations, as well as evaluate the success and suggest improvements.
The Chemistry department use a range of formative and summative assessment methods to monitor student progress. Each individual unit taught is assessed to allow teaching staff to offer an effective and targeted intervention and ensure all students make their expected progress at GCSE.