AIMS OF CURRICULUM:
The National Curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils: Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them. Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
PURPOSE OF STUDY:
A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Through the content across all three disciplines, pupils should be taught to:
Pay attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility. Understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results and peer review. Evaluate risks.
Experimental skills and investigations:
Ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience. Make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding. Select, plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquiries to test predictions, including identifying independent, dependent and control variables, where appropriate. Use appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work, paying attention to health and safety. Make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations; and evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvements. Apply sampling techniques.
Analysis and evaluation:
Apply mathematical concepts and calculate results. Present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables and graphs. Interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions.
Present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses. Evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error. Identify further questions arising from their results.
Understand and use SI units and chemical nomenclature. Use and derive simple equations and carry out appropriate calculations. Undertake basic data analysis including simple statistical techniques.
KS3 WHAT DO THEY STUDY?
Structure and function of living organisms, material cycles and energy, Interactions and Interdependencies, Genetics and Evolution. The particulate nature of matter, Energy, Motion and forces, Waves, Electricity and electromagnetism, Matter, Space physics
KS4 WHAT DO THEY STUDY?
In KS4 the curriculum offer builds on the KS3 programme of study. At present the students follow the AQA GCSE specification A or the AQA Entry Level GCSE. This is a combined programme studying equal amounts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students have terminal exams in the three disciplines alongside an assessed practical assignment.
AQA GCSE specification A or the AQA Entry Level GCSE