Our science curriculum is designed to maximise our students’ chances of achieving a qualification by the end of year 11. We currently work towards AQA Entry Level Certificate or GCSE in science as well as giving the students a broad-based practical appreciation of the science and technology they are going to require to thrive in adult life. In Key Stage 3, we concentrate on developing practical science and technology skills whilst ensuring that students can appreciate the relevance of physics, biology, and chemistry to everyday life. In Key Stage 4, there is a shift towards the more academic requirements of the exam board whilst maintaining the practical approach that many students find stimulating. The students also benefit from cross-curricular links with Forest School, PE, cooking, and geography where they can put the theory into practice. A prime example of this is the school allotments where students will learn to grow and cook their own food.
By the end of Key Stage Four, our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
● become resilient and resourceful learners with a ‘can do’ attitude
● understand scientific concepts
● make connections between their lives and science
● use their own knowledge and skills to thrive in the modern world
● be capable of contributing to ethical debates about scientific progress.