Science

The aim of science is:

To give the pupils some insight and understanding of the contributions that science has had and is making to their everyday life. Through investigative science develop lively and enquiring minds; acquire skills, processes and concepts. Develop their confidence to approach new situations, apparatus and technology without fear but with due care and respect for safety. Through discovery learn about themselves and their environment. In practical and real life settings exercise and develop their cross curricular skills in English, Maths and communication skills.

To inspire pupils in the awe, magic and fun that is science!

Delivery of science

Science is taught throughout school focusing on the four areas throughout the year Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Scientific enquiry. These lessons are taught where possible in a hands on and fun approach making Science real and fun. Wherever it is feasible we will give pupils direct experiential learning involving them in making active decisions to develop their knowledge and understanding.

Scheme of work and overall organisation

Science topics have been selected to include a good balance, continuity and progression across all four-attainment targets. All Schemes of work and long term plans have been created by the science subject leader.

Class L1 (year 3-4 pupils) are taught through continuous provision. Learning with science is an integral part of their lessons. They are taught by their class teachers and lessons allow children to have an understanding of the world around them.

Class L2 (year 5 pupils) have a double period of science which is delivered in topics lasting one half term on a two year rota. This is taught by the Science subject leader in the Science room.

Class L3 (Year 5-6 pupils) have two single periods of science delivered by their class teachers. Science is delivered in topics that last for one half term which are planned by the Science subject lead and follows the same two year rota as L2.

Classes L4 to L7 (year 7-8 pupils) have two lessons of science each week. Most are taught by the Science subject leader with other Science specialists sharing some of the teaching. Year 7 and 8 Science is delivered in topics covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics on a two year rota.

Classes U1 and U2 (year 9 pupils) have a double period of Science each week and are taught by the Science subject leader. Both classes are taught a Science skills unit and then progress onto CREST awards to develop their investigative skills. U1 then cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics through the AQA Unit Award Scheme where scientific enquiry is embedded throughout. U2 work towards AQA Entry level Science. The course involves ESAs “Externally set assessments” (written tests set by the exam board) and TDAs “Teacher devised assessments” practical assessments set by the teacher.

U3 and U4 (year 10 and 11) pupils have a double period of science each week taught by the Science subject leader. They then cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics through the AQA Unit Award Scheme where scientific enquiry is embedded throughout or work towards AQA Entry level Science depending on their ability level. The Entry Level course involves ESAs “Externally set assessments” (written tests set by the exam board) and TDAs “Teacher devised assessments” practical assessments set by the teacher.

Topics covered are as follows:

L2 and L3

Year 1 2018/2019

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

What are things made of?

What’s in the earth?

 

Light, mirrors and
shadows

Life cycle and growth

 

Living things and their
habitats

Investigating

Year
2 2019/2020

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Chemistry in the home

Electricity

Plants

Inventions

Different animals

Magnets

 

L4 – L7

Year 1 2018/2019

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Senses and the body

 

Electricity

 

Taking care of our Environment

Earth and space

 

Materials and their properties

Living things and their habitats

Year 2 2019/2020

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Forces and motion

 

 

Body systems

 

 

Separating materials

 

 

Sound and communication

 

Microbes and disease, staying healthy

Changing materials

 

 

 

U1 to U4

Students will
study the following units:

Science skills

CREST awards

Human body

Energy, forces and the structure of
matter

Elements and Compounds

Chemistry in the world

Environment, Evolution and Inheritance

Electricity, Magnetism and Waves

They complete either
ELC Science or AQA Unit Award Scheme whilst studying these units.