Key Stage 3
Within our science curriculum, we want our children to be naturally curious about the world around them, we want them to embrace this curiosity to become enquiry-based learners. Scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout school.
Our curriculum provides opportunities for the critical evaluation of evidence and rational explanation of scientific phenomena as well as an opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
Children will be immersed in key scientific vocabulary which supports the acquisition of scientific knowledge and understanding.
Key Stage 4
Students will be taught from particles to atoms to cells, showing the links between the world of ideas and the real world of objects and events. The behaviour of particles in liquids and gases can explain how substances move between cells and through membranes. The topic discusses how cells replicate and how the universal genetic code is a particle pattern. The transfer of energy over small and large distances in living and non-living systems helps us to understand the importance of the way these systems react with each other.
Students will learn the periodic table has many patterns and relationships, and is used by chemists to observe patterns and relationships between the elements. These patterns help to predict properties. For example, elements to the bottom and far left of the table are the most metallic and elements on the top right are the least metallic.