Curriculum - Science

“The important thing is not to stop questioning” Albert Einstein

Article 29. Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

We believe science is a valuable means of systematically finding out about ourselves and the environment we live in. Scientific understanding will allow pupils to use key concepts in a range of contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar, and build up confidence in their application.

Science is a body of knowledge built up through experimental testing of ideas. Science is also methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions we may ask about the world around us. Science in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying process skills.

We believe that a broad and balanced science education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. Our aims in teaching science include the following:

  • Preparing our children for life in an increasingly scientific and technological world
  • Fostering concern about, and active care for, our environment
  • Helping our children acquire a growing understanding of scientific ideas
  • Helping develop and extend our children’s scientific concept of their world
  • Developing our children’s understanding of the international and collaborative nature of science
  • To extend children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world in which they are growing.

  • Long term planning is in place for all courses. Such schemes of learning and curriculum maps will be designed to contain curriculum detail on; context, expectations, key skills, learning objectives, learning outcomes, learning activities, differentiation and resources;
  • Schemes of learning encourage progression with a view to exceeding national standards;
  • There is consistency in terms of curriculum delivery across curriculum areas;
  • Appropriate awarding bodies and courses are selected so that they best meet the learning needs of our students;
  • Assessment is appropriate to the course and the students following particular courses;
  • There is a consistent approach towards assessment;
  • Assessment is moderated effectively to ensure accuracy and reliability of data;
  • They keep the appropriate members of SLT informed of proposed changes to curriculum delivery or content;
  • All relevant information/data is shared with subject staff. This includes meeting deadlines related to exam entries, data entry on reports etc.
  • Student performance data is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that any necessary changes in terms of curriculum delivery are planned and carried out in a timely fashion;
  • They share best practice with other colleagues in terms of curriculum design and delivery;
  • They review CPD needs of their own and of those in their departments regarding curriculum planning and delivery within their area of responsibility.

Teaching staff will:

  • Ensure the curriculum is implemented in accordance with this Curriculum Area policy;
  • Keep up to date with developments in their subjects;
  • Have access to, and be able to interpret data on each student to inform the design of the curriculum in order that it best meets the needs of each cohort of students;
  • Contribute to departmental evaluation and development of the curriculum for their subject;
  • Participate in high quality professional development, working with colleagues to develop their skills in understanding the learning needs of their students and how best to plan a curriculum to address those needs and engage them;
  • Work in partnership with other agencies to provide an appropriate range of curriculum opportunities.
  • To use schemes of work to give pupils a progressively deeper understanding of the central concepts of science, suited to their individual learning needs, including:
    • careful observation
    • measurement
    • communication
    • planning and carrying out experiments
    • problem solving in everyday contexts
    • predicting
    • making inferences
    • fair testing
    • To offer a range of learning experiences that match the needs of the pupils at all stages.
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to explore ideas and concepts in a range of environments.
  • To show where science is carried out day by day and the range of people involved.
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to communicate.
  • To initiate a lifelong interest in the natural world.

Students will:

  • Be treated as partners in their learning, contributing to the design of the curriculum;
  • Have their individual needs addressed, both within the school and extending beyond the school through a curriculum which offers breadth, support and challenge;
  • Be given additional support with their learning if they are not making expected levels of progress;
  • Receive co-ordinated support to enable them to make the appropriate curriculum choices.

The Science curriculum will help to increase knowledge of the scientific world and to develop scientific skills and attitudes:

SKILLS

  • Giving our children an understanding of scientific processes
  • Helping our children to acquire practical scientific skills
  • Developing the skills of investigation - including observing, measuring, predicting, hypothesising, experimenting, communicating, interpreting, explaining and evaluating
  • Developing the use of scientific language, recording and techniques
  • Developing the use of ICT in investigating and recording
  • Enabling our children to become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data

ATTITUDES

  • Encouraging the development of positive attitudes towards science
  • Building on our student’s natural curiosity and developing a scientific approach to problems
  • Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, perseverance and responsibility
  • Building our children’s self-confidence to enable them to work independently
  • Developing our children’s social skills to work cooperatively with others
  • Providing our children with an enjoyable experience of science, so that they will develop a deep and lasting interest and may be motivated to study science further

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Week A: STEM Club

Week B: Science Club

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