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Curriculum - Science

Intent (based on the National Curriculum)

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. Years 7 and 8 introduces the key knowledge and skills needed to foster a love of science and scientific enquiry. It challenges students to think about the world around them.

Year 9 is a transition year, building on core knowledge and skills taught in year 7 and 8 it looks to prepare students for KS4. Content will include a higher level of challenge and seek to develop a resilient learner capable of achieving at the highest level in the sciences.

KS3 is the essential foundation for the five year journey incorporating KS4.  The learning journey is carefully planned to allow our learners to be successful confident scientists.

Implementation

Students will be taught about:

  • Matter
  • Organisms
  • Chemical reactions
  • Earth structure and the universe
  • Genes
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Forces
  • Ecosystems
  • Electromagnets
  • Cells and organisation
  • Atomic structure, bonding, and the properties of matter
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • The particle model of matter
  • Infection and response

Links to KS2:

  • Working scientifically
  • Living things and habitats
  • Animals including humans
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Earth and Space
  • Forces
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
  • Electricity

Relationship to the wider KS3 curriculum:

Mathematics: Interpretation and the use of data

Geography: The relationship between biotic and A biotic factors

History: The development of medicine and scientific discovery

DT: The application of science

English language: Spelling, grammar, punctuation, written analysis, written investigation

Key Stage 4

Intent (based on the National Curriculum)

Teaching in the sciences in key stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

For some students, studying the sciences in key stage 4 provides the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For others, it will be their last formal study of subjects that provide the foundations for understanding the natural world and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society.

Students will follow the appropriate pathway (Trilogy combined or Separate science) to support their learning needs. The curriculum also seeks to develop practical skills by incorporating the required practical element of the GCSE curriculum.

Year 11 builds on content delivered in years 9 and 10; it introduces a higher level of challenge in preparation for the GCSE examinations.

Extra-Curricular Ventures/Cultural Capital:

Examples of extra/cross curricular ventures and trips include:

BFS

Year 7 Science Club

Years 7-11 Ecology Club

Year 12 Liquid Nitrogen and Superconductors – Science Roadshow with Badminton School

Year 12 Biology Field Trip

BKS

KS3 Science club

KS4 STEM club

STEM Crest award

Year 5 and 6 Science days. We invite students from local primary schools for a variety of events.

Year 7 Mandarin Day. Students learn about the history of fireworks.

Year 8 Earth Attack Blast off. Students carry out scientific investigations based on a theme of alien invasion.

Year 8 Marine engineering challenge.

Year 9 Zombie Apocalypse. Students investigate the spread of disease.

Year 10 The human brain. Students take part in activities linking the human brain and learning skills.

Year 12 and 13 Science live event at the excel centre.

Year 12 Biology field trip

Year 13 Guest speakers (medicine)

STA

Years 7, 8, and 9 – Science Club.

Year 7 Trip to Kew Gardens .

 Year 8 Trip to Science Museum.

 Years 9- G&T student workshops.

 Year 12 and 13 University workshops.

KSH

Year 7 Science club.

Year 8 and 9 STEM club.

Year 10 Science live theatre events.

Year 8  The Big Bang South East event.

Year 7 Visit the Observatory Science Centre at Hurstmeonceux.

Years 7 & 8 Salters chemistry competitions at Sussex/Brighton University.

Yr 8 Rollercoaster Day. Science/Maths/DT – teambuilding and challenges.

THS

Year 7 - Science Museum

Year 8 - Natural History museum

Year 9 - Royal Institute LYSC

Year 10  Baylabs BAYER

Year 11 Royal Institute LYSC plus differentiated trips for sets (e.g. St Mary's Uni Required Practical days)

Year 12 Biology - Epping Forest Field studies trip

Year 12 Chemistry - Ecton Hill or Berlin trip

Year 12 Physics - CERN

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