“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”
Science is split into three subject disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All students study a combination of all three disciplines at Key Stage 3 through a topic based curriculum. The curriculum is sequenced to allow students to develop key methods and processes whilst learning a broad knowledge-based curriculum. Topics in the foundation curriculum range from electricity, space and energy to nutrition, evolution and chemical reactions.
In Year 9, some students currently have the opportunity to study Environmental Science alongside National Curriculum Science. This course is optional for students and covers content looking at the origins of life on Earth, and the connections between the physical and biological worlds. Students build on key methods and processes learned through the Science curriculum in the context of the environmental science domain, taking in key learning from current science events such as COP26 and research from leading environmentalists, including Greta Thunberg.
Click the image above to access the Key Stage 3 Science Curriculum Map
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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