The intent of the Science Curriculum
- Present an environment where all students can learn about the sciences to the best of their ability and where all students’ needs are addressed positively and sensitively.
- Offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate students, encouraging their active participation in science.
- Provide students with opportunities to develop practical techniques and improve their understanding of working scientifically so that they can investigate and solve problems in school science and other curricular areas.
- Develop and extend a student’s ability to express themselves clearly; to reason logically and to be able to generalise.
- Develop an understanding of the processes in their own bodies and the world around them.
- Develop scientific knowledge and oral, written and practical skills that encourages confidence and enjoyment.
- Be able to make informed choices based on up to date scientific knowledge.
- Set realistic yet challenging targets, with high expectations for all students.
Science curriculum – implementation and Impact
Pupils arriving at NSC have varied and often interrupted educational experiences, so we assess them thoroughly to identify gaps in knowledge and skills. Science is taught in small groups in all years so enabling gaps in young people’s understanding to be addressed
In KS3 pupils have 3 science lessons a week. They follow the National Curriculum so covering important aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They are taught in small mixed ability groups with high staff to pupil ratio.
In KS4 pupils have 4 Science lessons a week in small similar ability groups with high staff to pupil ratio. In year 11 the majority of pupils sit AQA GCSE Biology, although for a few pupils a single or double AQA Entry level science qualification is more appropriate.
In KS5 students choosing to study science follow the AQA GCSE Synergy course which includes aspects of Chemistry, Biology and Physics and leads to a double GCSE qualification. There is also an opportunity to follow a line of scientific enquiry which is of particular interest to a student and so complete an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The curriculum in all years is carefully sequenced to ensure young people become increasingly confident and scientifically fluent with frequent opportunities to develop practical skills, problem solve, work scientifically, apply their knowledge to real-life situations, interpret data and draw conclusions which will support them in preparing for future courses, the world of work and everyday life.