Science department aims:
To create a challenging environment which raises standards of achievement and the quality of teaching and learning in Science for all pupils, leading to whole school improvement in performance.
The department will provide learners with a high quality and stimulating educational experience within an exciting and supportive environment.
It will be an active contributor to local and national developments within science and will encourage young people to pursue science beyond 16. It will provide learners with the appropriate learning pathways so that they develop the skills needed to be active citizens within an increasingly scientific world and to progress into employment, further training and higher education according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions.
The Science department follows the AQA GCSE specification with all pupils on target to achieve a GCSE in Biology. Lower attainers will transfer on to the Entry Level Certificate in Science in Year 10. To ensure all pupils have the right foundation to begin their GCSE study and have a rounded knowledge of all three sciences, key stage 3 follows AQA’s Activate scheme of work.
We will be active partners in a learning society with local families of the school and the wider community, sharing resources and outstanding practice.
The aim of the Science department is to ensure that 100% of our pupils achieve an accreditation to the maximum of their ability in Science.
What is Science?
Science is exciting. Science is a way of discovering what’s in the universe and how those things work today, how they worked in the past, and how they are likely to work in the future. Scientists are motivated by the thrill of seeing or figuring out something that no one has before.
Science is useful. The knowledge generated by science is powerful and reliable. It can be used to develop new technologies, treat diseases, and deal with many other sorts of problems.
Science is ongoing. Science is continually refining and expanding our knowledge of the universe, and as it does, it leads to new questions for future investigation. Science will never be “finished.”
Science is thought to pupils both directly and indirectly from early years in primary. The subject naturally feeds pupils’ curiosity from early years through discovery of new materials and concepts. This learning journey is built upon through KS2 ensuring pupils will have a good foundation knowledge and a vocabulary for progressing to KS3.
Science informs pupils of global issues facing us today and, in the future, including sustainable farming, global warming and stem cell research. Studying science will help build upon cultural capital and will prepare pupils to be independent thinkers and responsible members of society.