The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.
The department runs a bespoke KS3 curriculum focused over two years which is designed to build high level skills and knowledge. This is extended in a cross-over year, between GCSE and KS3, in year 9 and continues a spiral form of learning through into KS4. Throughout KS3, staff teach all science areas and keep their groups for the year. Years 7 to 9 are taught in mixed ability groups.
At KS4 we deliver the new linear GCSE’s following the AQA trilogy combined science and separate sciences. There are higher and foundation pathways which enable the students to achieve the best possible numerical grade to suit their ability. The courses are taught in a spiral approach over 2 years to allow revisiting of concepts to ensure a deeper understanding.
All routes through Science provide the opportunity to further develop understanding of scientific explanations, how science works, and aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics relevant to careers in science.