Science

Skill

Science is the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. We foster curiosity in our students, and teach them to generate hypotheses and systematically gather evidence. Scientists can solve problems logically, apply reasoning, work both in a team and independently and can communicate their ideas clearly.

Experiences

Every student will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of science related activities with a particular emphasis on practical investigation and the conclusions that can be drawn from it. They will be encouraged to question how the world works and to use their scientific knowledge to find explanations.

Character

The study of science aims to develop systematic and logical thought to enable students to explain observations and solve problems. This will mean that students will need to develop resilience as they are exposed to increasingly more difficult and complicated concepts as they progress through their science career in school.

Criticality

Scientific thinking involves applying scepticism to ideas and forming testable hypotheses. This type of thinking can lead to experiments, and it can help people develop skills for determining whether something they hear or see is true. Scientists are trained to only trust what is supported by evidence, so scientific thought requires not believing something unless it is supported with proof. Science, however, also requires creativity, so scientific thinking includes determining means of testing specific ideas to prove them true or false. In many cases, people who think in a scientific manner are able to devise experiments to test

Year 9 (KS3)

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Biology Baseline Testing and DIRT

Ecology

Our World The building blocks of life
Chemistry Baseline Testing and DIRT

Chemistry of the Earth and atmosphere

Atoms and the Periodic Table Compounds and Materials
Physics Baseline Testing and DIRT

Practical Skills

 Electricity and Space Energy

Overview of Years 10 and 11

Biology Chemistry Physics
· Cell Biology

· Organisation

· Infection and Response

· Bioenergetics

· Homeostasis and Response

· Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

· Ecology

· Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

· Bonding, Structure and Properties of Matter

· Quantitative Chemistry

· Chemical Changes

· Energy Changes

· The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

· Organic Chemistry

· Chemical Analysis

· Chemistry of the Atmosphere

· Using Resources

· Forces

· Energy

· Waves

· Electricity

· Magnetism and Electromagnetism

· Particle Model of Matter

· Atomic Structure

Year 12

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Biology Cells, Microscopy and Biochemistry Gas exchange in fish, reptiles and mammals. The circulatory system. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

Year 13

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
BTEC Applied Science Unit 2 – Chemical investigations

Unit 8 – Human Physiology

Unit 1 – Principles of Science

Unit 3 – Experimental design

Unit 1 Revision

Unit 3 Revision

Finalisation of coursework and submission