We believe the development of scientific skills and understanding is crucial in how pupils learn to see the world around them analytically, which allows them to explain phenomena and make predictions; all skills they need for their next stage of scientific learning and post 16 progression.
We believe, to reach their potential, pupils study the examined content with a mastery of ideas and skills. All of these areas are developed in Years 7, 8 and 9 so that pupils enter Key Stage 4 with a high level of proficiency and confidence.
Our content is organised into ten ‘Big Ideas’. It is easier for pupils to develop an understanding of a big idea by multiple interactions with the concepts within the single idea. By connecting smaller ideas to more abstract ideas, pupils will be better prepared to apply these concepts when approaching an unfamiliar topic. Each Big Idea topic contains four smaller topics that build in complexity. Topics are ordered from simpler, more concrete topics, to more abstract ones. These have been created to avoid repetition, draw on various scientific skills and use different contexts.
The Science curriculum is sequenced effectively to ensure content is covered and revisited. Pupils of all abilities are able to access all sciences and work towards challenging end points. At KS3 all pupils including low ability pupils follow same course. There is generous curriculum time devoted to the Science curriculum at KS3 and we are proud to offer separate science (Triple Science) GCSE to all pupils regardless of their ability.