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Why study science?

Each scientific discipline gives our students a unique perspective to explain the world around them. As students learn science, they also learn about its uses and significance to society and their own lives. Students learn about the continuing importance of science in solving global challenges, such as climate change, food availability, controlling disease and renewable energy sources. The curriculum is designed to build knowledge of scientific concepts and procedures. By doing so, students can reason scientifically about phenomena with increasing sophistication and can use their knowledge to work scientifically with increasing expertise.

Curriculum Vision

We deliver a knowledge-rich, ambitious and inclusive science curriculum that will enable all students to become more scientifically responsible citizens, with the knowledge to improve their life outcomes. We aim for students to be fully equipped with the essential knowledge to be successful in their day-to-day lives, have the skills to process information and evaluate evidence following the methodology of science.  Students will leave with a deeper understanding of the world around them, the ability to question why, ask for truth and transparency in information, and we aim to inspire all students with a love of learning.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 - 9

At KS3, students will have one teacher for science who will deliver all three curriculum areas: biology, chemistry and physics. Our KS3 curriculum has been designed to introduce new concepts to students during Year 7, so that they can gain an understanding of the fundamental scientific principles that underpin all future learning. In Year 8, students will build upon these core concepts, further developing their knowledge and linking ideas together from all aspects of science. Year 9 begins with KS3 and then students begin the transition to KS4, with all students studying the same curriculum content to enable them to be as prepared as possible for the demands of GCSE. 

Within each topic of the curriculum, there is a great emphasis on practical work, both to engage and motivate students and to develop the key practical skills that will be required to be successful at KS4. Students will also practise important processes, including using models to explain abstract ideas and graphical analysis. 

The curriculum is designed to fully meet the needs of all students, whether students need additional support or an extra challenge, and every child is given the provision and opportunity to excel.

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 - 11

At KS4, all students are taught by subject specialists, allowing them to benefit from the staff’s expert knowledge and experience in their specialist curriculum area. This enables students to develop a deeper understanding of the most complex concepts, facilitating a more successful transfer to KS5 science subjects for those who wish to follow this path. 

Year 10 students will either follow the OCR Gateway A Separate or Combined GCSE Science pathway, based on which is most suitable for their individual needs. Practical work forms a key component of the curriculum. Whilst the Practical Assessment Groups (PAGs) are a requirement of the course, skills are continuously developed so that students are competent with the techniques involved and can therefore more confidently answer the related examination questions.

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 - 13

At KS5, we offer A levels in biology, chemistry and physics. In each A level subject, students are taught by two subject specialists who will cover different aspects of the course. 

BTEC Applied Science is offered to students who wish to choose a more practical work-based path to further education, providing additional opportunities to progress in STEM learning. Taught by experienced subject specialists, students are encouraged to complete both independent research and to work cooperatively in practical investigation. 

Curriculum Enrichment

The Science Department offers an extra-curricular Year 7 Science club for students to further explore aspects of the curriculum, as well as linking these key concepts to additional areas outside of the day-to-day of the classroom.  Last year, our theme was “Science is Magic”. 

At KS4, all students who are following the separate science pathways are provided with the opportunity to carry out a fish head dissection, a heart dissection and an eyeball dissection. Students who are following the combined science pathway are given the opportunity to carry out a heart dissection.

We take Year 12 students who are studying A level science subjects and BTEC Applied Science to Scifest at  Wolverhampton University.


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