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Science

Intent 

It is our belief that a pupil who enjoys and is actively engaged in science will maximise their progress and attainment and gain the most from the subject. This idea underpins everything we do. It is our hope that through this approach pupils will build a love of science and gain knowledge for the future which will provide inspiration for future studies and career choices.

At Bredon Hill, pupils are introduced to scientific ideas and consider the importance and impact of science in the real world. The intent here is to encourage pupils to think critically, to communicate their ideas, generate thoughtful questions, plan fair tests and collect data to support their ideas.

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 progress.

Science at Bredon Hill is taught in two fully equipped laboratories and a dedicated classroom. There are opportunities built into the curriculum for pupils to use ICT, the outside learning environment and technology to enhance their work.

Implementation 

Pupils in Year 6 are taught in “learning groups” and have a dedicated teacher who remains with the group throughout the year.

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 are taught in mixed ability groups. Year 7 have a dedicated teacher and Year 8 are taught on a “carousel” basis, changing topic and teacher 3 times throughout the year.

Key Stage 2

Pupils are assessed at the beginning of Year 6 and this assessment together with the data received from First Schools enables us to ensure that their individual learning experience can be tailored towards their needs.

For many Year 6 pupils, it will be their first experience of working in a laboratory and emphasis is placed on safety and skills. Practical work plays a key role in Year 6.

Topics covered include:

Evolution and Inheritance 
Animals (including humans) – healthy bodies
Living Things and Their Habitats – classification

Light – seeing light
Electricity – circuits

The Particulate Nature of Matter
Forces

 

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow the National Curriculum, with an emphasis on improving pupils’ investigative and analytical skills. Pupils are encouraged to work in a variety of ways e.g. in pairs, groups and individually.
Assessment is carried out throughout the year through marking of classwork, homework, assessed tasks and regular testing.

Units to be covered include:

Year 7

Biology:
Cells and Reproduction (including Human) – Please note this includes aspects of sexual education.

Nutrition and digestion
Chemistry:
Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Physics
Forces

Energy

 

Year 8

Biology:
Photosynthesis and Respiration
Ecosystems

Chemistry:

Reactions

Acids and Alkalis
Physics:
Levers, Moments and Pressure

Waves – Light and Sound

 

Additional engagement and learning opportunities include:

STEM club – for mini projects, one off experiments, small competitions and pupils to bring their ideas to.

STEM enrichment – for longer projects, experiments and competitions.

Trips – STEM day at PHHS, The Big Bang (Birmingham), The Think Tank (Birmingham).

STEM day – various STEM based activities during Science week.

First School Science workshops – supported by BHA pupils.

Impact 

Based on entry and exit data from external GL assessments

 

Entrance 2015

Exit 2018

Working At or Above National Expectations

88 %

91%

Working Above National Expectations

21%

43%

All figures are above the national average.

2016, 2017 & 2018 – finalists in the Ultimate BP STEM Challenge (winning 2017 competition).

2018 – 2nd place in the Salter’s Chemistry competition.

Members of the Department

Teaching staff:

Mrs. S. Huntly - Subject Leader.
Mr. K. Bailey
Mrs. K Griffin
Miss. S. Mann
Mr. J. Bishop
Mrs. L. Beavis-Berry – Laboratory Technician & Teaching Assistant