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Here in the science department, we are passionate and committed to the teaching and learning in science. We work alongside the first schools to help students in transition but also to involve the local community. Our bespoke curriculum in year 6 is designed to allow students to investigate science through practical skills, whilst allowing them to gain knowledge, develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and build upon their prior learning. We feel it is our responsibility to use science as a tool to excite students’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. We use the curriculum to encourage students to be independent learners so that they learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives. In years 7 and 8, we follow the AQA KS3 Scheme of Work. This enables our students a smooth transition into the local high schools where they will sit their AQA GCSE exams in year 11.

Science is taught over the 3 years with 6 lessons per fortnight. These are taught in our fantastic state-of-the art laboratories which ensure the students the opportunity to use high school standard equipment. The topics taught over the 3 years include all 3 sciences, including Particles and Solutions, New Beginnings, Electricity and Magnets, Forces, Elements and Ecosystems. The lessons are designed to be fun and engaging and can vary from using skittles as electrons to tell us about the Periodic Table through to investigating which is the ‘best’ biscuit! You can see how the topics are linked through our curriculum plan which shows you what each year is taught but also how the topics build on each other through the 3 years. The overview shows you which topics are taught when.

We are dedicated to ensuring our students leave our school with a solid foundation of knowledge, the skills and confidence to make decisions and the ability to challenge themselves in their own learning.

Overview of Topics
Assessment Curriculum Map