SCIENCE

'Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science' - Edwin Powell Hubble

'Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known'
Carl Sagan

Curriculum Overview

Science curriculum map

Science digital showcase

Curriculum Intent

Science allows us to make sense of the world around us. It allows us to find answers and poses more questions along the way. It continues to change and challenge our understanding, constantly pushing boundaries, where new discoveries are made and new possibilities realised.

Science improves our world; keeping us healthy by making advances in medical knowledge, it enhances our understanding of how the Universe works and it allows us to move towards a fully sustainable society. From exploring adaptations of organisms, to the development of food and health products and generating knowledge needed for future technological advances. Science underpins our understanding of life on Earth.

The Science curriculum is taught in a sequenced manner, where the underlying principles thread together through Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Students acquire and develop key knowledge within each unit and year group, as well as the application of lifelong key skills. Topics are interesting and relevant, focussing on the knowledge that allows students to make predictions and understand scientific phenomena.

Students will develop scientific knowledge and a conceptual understanding. They will use practical, observational, enquiry and problem solving skills, and will understand how real Science knowledge is created, verified and tested. This will allow students to think critically and make informed decisions based on evidence.

Students will gain an appreciation of the relevance of Science and how it influences all aspects of everyday life; from energy and materials to food and medicine. They will gain an understanding of global issues and relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them. They will learn how scientific ideas have developed historically and how this reflects modern developments.

The curriculum is designed to enhance curiosity, wonder and to gain an understanding of the world around them. It will encourage students to ask questions, collect information, test ideas and apply what they learn to real life applications. They will gain an appreciation for how Science is key to innovation and human advancements and will be equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of Science today and for the future.