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Science

Intent:

The science faculty provides a rich, stimulating curriculum which provides all students with the opportunity to study science to a high level.  We equip students with the knowledge and skills to participate in our technological and scientifically literate adult lives; to converse using scientific ideas, to think analytically and participate in scientific debate and contribute to scientific society.  We encourage our students to participate more widely and think more deeply and take deep pleasure from training the next generation of scientists who will steer our developing society.

Knowledge

The science faculty provides a knowledge rich, stimulating curriculum which provides all students with the opportunity to study science to a high level.  

Strength

We equip students with the knowledge and skills to participate in our technological and scientifically literate adult lives; to converse using scientific ideas, to think analytically and participate in scientific debate and contribute to scientific society. 

Ambition

We encourage our students to participate more widely and think more deeply and take deep pleasure from training the next generation of scientists who will steer our developing society.

Aims:

Our curriculum is designed to facilitate students building secure knowledge and understanding over time, and the retention of that knowledge and understanding, based on the following ideas and strategies:

  • Sequencing:  The timelines have been sequenced to ensure that students visit the content in an order where key concepts build sequentially on prior understanding
  • Spaced Learning:  The timelines deliberately contain recap and revision points which allow students to revisit key ideas to facilitate longer term recall
  •  Interleaving:  The timelines deliberately move from topic to topic while maintaining the overall sequential flow to allow students to experience a fast paced and varied curriculum.
Key Stage 3
 
Year 7 Cells, tissues, organs and systems
Reproduction
Muscles and bones
Ecosystems
Mixtures and separation
Acids and Alkalis
Particles
Atoms, elements and molecules
Energy and Changes
Electricity 
Forces
Plant Reproduction
Rocks 
Earth and Space
   
Year 8 Digestion
Breathing and respiration
Unicellular Organisms
Combustion
Periodic Table 
Metals and their uses
Fluids
Light
Energy
Genetics and Evolution
Plant Growth
Making Materials
Reactivity
Forces and Motion
Force fields and Electromagnets
   
Year 9 Key Concepts
Cells and Control
Genetics
Health and Disease
States and purifying
Rates and energy changes
Atoms and periodic table
Bonding
Motion
Conservation of energy
Waves
Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Key Stage 4
 
Year 10 and 11 Edexcel (1-9) GCSE combined science or Physics, Chemistry and Biology