My aim for our Science curriculum is to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment through a practical approach that sees science within a wider body of knowledge and skills.
I want to enthuse pupils and encourage them to work both independently and as part of a team. We cover the National Curriculum and extended it considerably, with our own syllabus organised into physics, chemistry and biology topics to give our pupils an understanding of the three sciences.
We are also part of the Royal Society Schools Network and encourage our pupils to recognise the applications of science in the world around them and the implications of science for the individual and community.
Within each year group, the Science curriculum is divided into three-week Physics, Chemistry and Biology topics. Investigation skills are incorporated in every lesson and pupils are nurtured in the skill of applying their understanding to solve practical and theoretical problems.
Scientific curriculum highlights include:
- Year 3 pupils are introduced to the Scientific Method – thinking and working scientifically. They explore the world around them, undertake scientific investigations and analyse their findings.
- Year 4 hone their skills in designing a fair test, identifying variables to consider when investigating an hypothesis. Topics studied include electrical circuits, sound, habitats and states of matter.
- Year 5 are awarded their Bunsen burner licence and work with acids and alkalis. The hotly anticipated ‘Science Sleepover’ includes a range of exciting and innovative activities at school to extend pupils’ understanding and experiences of the Classification of Animals.
- Year 6 continue to get a deeper understanding of the three separate sciences. The topic of Elements is a particular highlight, studying the Periodic Table, structure of an atom and naming substances, whilst enjoying lots of practical work.
- Year 7 get to grips with anatomy and physiology through hands-on dissection of animal organs including a pig’s heart.
- Year 8 pupils continue to gain confidence and prepare for future schools through pre-GCSE tasks. Reactivity and Genetics are always favourite topics.
Head of Science