Curriculum Intent Statement

Curriculum statement: Science

‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction’ - Sir Isaac Newton

Purpose:
(Refer to Knowledge, Skills, Character)
Science is a multi-specialism subject that requires students to gain an understanding and develop skills in the following areas:
Physics:
  • Manipulation of equations
  • Force arrows and what they represent
  • Models of voltage and current
  • What a wave is and uses of waves
  • Conservation of energy
Chemistry:
  • How particles behave in solids, liquids and gases
  • Chemical and physical changes
  • Law of conservation of mass
  • Word equations and balancing symbol equations
  • Atomic Structure, including sub-atomic particles
  • Relative atomic mass (RAM) and relative formula mass (RFM)
  • The Periodic Table and how it links to atomic structure
  • Separating mixtures techniques
  • Collision Theory
  • Electrostatic attraction
  • Quantitative calculations
Biology:
  • Cell structure
  • Mitosis, Meiosis and the cell cycle
  • Movement across membranes
  • Systems in the body, including circulatory, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, and reproductive
  • Biochemistry and cycling of elements
  • Maintenance of a constant internal environment
  • Inheritance, including DNA structure, monohybrid inheritance and protein synthesis
  • Reproduction, including hormones involved, contraception, infertility and treating infertility
  • Photosynthesis and respiration

Curriculum features:

  • Covers the national curriculum but focuses on identified threshold concepts / powerful knowledge (see above). More time is devoted to these concepts and a mastery learning philosophy is promoted.
  • There is a large focus on understanding concepts through;
o Testing prior knowledge,
o Required practicals,
o Explanation, Formative assessment / questioning
o Practice,
o Feedback.
  • Interleaving and self-testing are a feature of the curriculum and independent study.
Practical Work
  • There is always a focus to practical work;
o Knowledge,
o Collaboration and teamwork,
o Procedure and techniques,
o Scientific enquiry.
Marking
  • May take the form of:
o Low stake testing,
o 6-mark Questions,
o Practical/Data Questions,
o Self- or peer- assessment
  • Tests;
o Mid-term formative assessments.
  • End of half-term summative and formative assessments
  • Required practicals and the analysis and conclusions of these

Enrichment:

We provide a variety of enrichment for a number of reasons;
  • Promote a love of the subject.
  • Narrow attainment gaps.
  • Promoting STEM Careers.
  • Stretch / Challenge / Aspirations.
  • Promote an interest in the community and environment.

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