“A true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but rather imagination”
2600 years ago Thales, a Greek philosopher, attempted to explain earthquakes without reference to mythology. He believed that all that we saw around us could be explained by a set of natural laws. Science means ‘knowledge’ and it is the job of scientists to search for these natural laws through experimentation and logic. As the human race has gained knowledge through the scientific method it has given us the power to control the world like never before. And still the quest for this knowledge continues.
Science is the perfect subject to complement a child’s natural curiosity. Students embrace it when they ask questions, like “What is the Aurora Borealis?” or “Why do we dream?”. We encourage all of our students to ask questions and then form their own opinions, rather than accepting those of others.
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge”
In Key Stage 3 students explore a knowledge and processes rich curriculum filled with fascinating, relevant science that enables students to fall in love with our subject.
The content is divided into the three subject areas Biology, Chemistry or Physics. We have sequenced curriculum to enable students to build on topics as they progress through the KS3 and create inter and intra-subject links in their understanding of the curriculum.
Click the image below to access the Key Stage 3 Science Curriculum Map
Built within our curriculum are opportunities for students to develop methods and processes that will aid their learning. We focus on students’ literacy, numeracy and practical skills in order as we see this as the backbone that runs throughout our KS3 Curriculum.
At the end of each year students complete a project unit which gives them opportunities to add breadth and deepen their knowledge beyond the National Curriculum whilst providing opportunities to master methods and processes they will have studied throughout the academic year.
Students are helped to progress through focused assessment tasks which are synoptic in nature and built to ensure that key concepts and skills are embedded by the end of the Key Stage 3 curriculum.
In the 2022-23 academic year, Year 9 students will be following a different curriculum. Please click the image below for full information.
At Key Stage 4 students continue to study all three sciences. Some students study a Combined Science course (worth two GCSEs) whilst others choose to pursue the Separate Sciences route (worth three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics). To study the additional content required for Separate Sciences, students use one of their GCSE option choices. All students follow the AQA GCSE specification which contains a broad range of relevant and fascinating science that prepares them both for the future science study post-16 as well providing them with the science capital students need to exist in the 21st Century.
In addition to the core GCSE offer we also provide the opportunity for students to study for a GCSE in Astronomy as an extra-curricular activity. This course is always popular with students and gives context and deeper understanding for those wishing to study Separate Sciences at GCSE and Physics at A Level.
At Key Stage 5 students can follow AQA A Level Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics. Each is taught by experienced subject specialists. The A Level courses provide a comprehensive understanding over a broad range of topics, setting students up for university courses and apprenticeships in a wide variety of fields. In the last few years, in addition to students leaving to read Medicine, Engineering and Veterinary Science, we have had students progress to university to read Zoology, Marine Biology, Cancer Sciences and Aviation.
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