Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The Science Curriculum fosters a healthy curiosity in our pupils, where we ensure that they have the skills to work scientifically and experience a wide range of learning activities that nurture and widen their cultural capital. The pupils are given a secure footing in the fundamental concepts of many different branches of Science, which will underpin their subsequent learning whilst ensuring that scientific enquiry is at the heart of their learning experience.
The Science curriculum has been development over time and is bespoke to the needs of our pupils. Ensuring Pupils work scientifically as well as with mathematical concepts that are closely linked to the Maths curriculum whilst ensuring it is in line with National Curriculum expectations.
The curriculum is separated in to ‘pillars” of learning where pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as distinct subjects covering the key fundamental concepts.
Biology: Cells, tissues, organs and systems; Sexual reproduction in animals; Muscles and bones; Ecosystems; Food and nutrition; Plants and their reproduction; Breathing and Respiration; Unicellular organisms.
Chemistry: Mixtures and separation; Acids and bases; Particle model; Atoms, elements and compounds; Fuels and Combustion; The Periodic table; Metals and their uses; Earth's Science.
Physics: Energy; Electricity; Forces; Sound; Fluids; Light; Energy transfers; Earth and space.
The knowledge and skills the pupils gain in their Key Stage 3 lessons fosters a deep understanding and enjoyment of the three Sciences moreover it prepares them well for their future Key Stage 4 studies.Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
All pupils have the opportunity to study AQA Separate Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics; where specialist teachers bring enthusiasm and excellent subject knowledge that challenges misconceptions, providing appropriate levels of support to enable learners to strive for excellence in their GCSE examinations.
Following close monitoring and assessment, at the end of Y10 and again following the Y11 Mocks pupils who struggle to keep pace with the increased content will then follow the Combined Science route.
Pupils are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics as distinct subjects and include the following topics:
Biology: Cell Biology, Animal and Plant organisation including organ systems, Infection and Response, Bioenergetics including photosynthesis and respiration, Homoeostasis and Response, Inheritance variation and Evolution, Ecology.
Chemistry: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, 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 Earth’s resources.
Physics: Energy, Electricity, Particle model, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism, Space Physics.Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview
Pathways into further education.
Good qualifications in Separate Science allow students to further their scientific studies in Further Education, which can then open many doors to STEM careers. A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are the traditional routes for students that have gained good grades in their GCSE science studies. However, NVQs and BTECs in Science are also a possible route for students interested in pursuing Science at a higher level of study.
Pathways into Employment
As an enabling subject, Science plays an important role in ensuring that pupils are equipped for whatever future study they choose. Any career can be pursued with good Science qualifications. Biology and Chemistry qualifications feed into the medical profession, veterinary sciences, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical industry, Petrochemical industries, Paint manufacturing, Brewing industries, Cosmetic development. Chemistry and Physics qualifications can feed into Chemical and Mechanical engineering industries, Automotive and Aerospace industries, careers in the Energy sector including Nuclear and renewable power, Geophysics and Meteorology careers, Space exploration and Telecommunications. A good General Science qualification can lead to careers with in the Armed Forces and Defence sector, with in the public sector, general healthcare, computing and IT. This list is not exhaustive.