The National Curriculum defines the programme of study for Science, setting out the entitlement to learning for all pupils.
Four areas of science have been identified for pupils to study:
- Scientific Enquiry.
- Life processes and living things.
- Materials and their properties.
- Physical processes.
Pupils are introduced to the history of scientific ideas and consider the importance of science in everyday life. They learn how to communicate their ideas, and how to collect data and evidence to support their opinions.
Pupils learn to co-operate with others as well as developing independent learning skills. They improve their own performance by reflecting on their work and evaluating their achievements.
We endeavour to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to succeed, whatever their individual needs and the potential barriers to their learning there may be.
Science results at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 are consistently higher than the National average.
Pupils are introduced to working in a laboratory and the important aspects of health and safety. Study topics include:
- Living things,
- Reversible and non-reversible changes,
There is no set book for year six as we use teaching materials from a wide range of sources, and include practical work at every opportunity. Pupils are provided with a Key Stage 2 Workbook but may wish to supplement this with a Key Stage 2 Science Revision Guide to prepare for topic tests and the end of year exam.
Years 7 and 8
We are using the Heinemann ‘Go Science’ Scheme as the basis for the Key Stage 3 Curriculum. The course textbook is available on the school network for pupils to access at any time.
In year 7, study topics include:
- Staying alive
- How things move
- Earth, space and beyond
- What are things made of?
- Be reactive!
- Using energy
- Why are we different?
In year 8, study topics include
- What’s in a reaction?
- Finding out about light and sound
- Systems for survival
- How we stay healthy
- Heating and cooling
- How do living things interact?
- Rocks and their uses
- Exploring magnetism