Is thoughtfully sequenced, using research into how pupils learn, so they are inspired to learn new material in a meaningful manner and develop their understanding.
In Science we understand the preconceptions that pupils bring to science lessons and discuss with pupils at the start of new topics. Lessons are engaging and relevant to build on prior knowledge. Pupils’ develop thinking through cognitive conflict and discussion to inspire pupils to develop their understanding of science.
Making links between pupils’ experiences in the community and locality to concepts within the science curriculum aids the development of cognitive pathways.
As a department we enhance knowledge and understanding of careers through the delivery of the curriculum. Opportunities are provided in lessons to educate pupils on different careers linked to science.
The development of technical vocabulary is a priority in science. Quizzing and retrieval incorporates recall of key terminology on a regular basis. A variety of word rich strategies aim to encourage a fascination with words.
Regular opportunities are built into the curriculum for pupils to check their understanding. We use modelling to help pupils develop a deeper understanding of scientific concepts, explicitly teaching pupils about models and encouraging pupils to critique them.
Feedback is provided in line with Hillside feedback policy. Opportunities are built in to allow pupils time to reflect on learning following any assessment. Pupils receive detailed feedback and use this to correct errors in their thinking and strengthen their understanding.
In science we aim to provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be healthy, safe and responsible young adults. We have a sex education programme which follows the statutory guidance. We provide ample opportunities throughout the KS3 and KS4 curriculum to teach healthy lifestyles, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and environmental and sustainability issues.
We prioritise depth of knowledge. We identify the core knowledge within each unit that pupils need in order to master the subject.
We have high expectations of the development of literacy and numeracy skills. We promote reading across both key stages and work closely with maths to sequence and plan for the numeracy aspects of the science course.
The use of up-to-date research, current scientific developments and news articles makes learning relevant.Links to local community and local science based organisations are included in the curriculum in additional to National and Worldwide organisations and events e.g. World Space Week and British Science Week.
We thread careers information, with a focus on STEM careers, throughout the curriculum; consistently promoting high aspirations for our young people.
We use extracts from scientific texts to enhance knowledge and encourage reading.There is an ample supply reading materials in laboratories that can capture pupils’ interests.
The science department has high standards and expectations of pupil’s communication both verbal and written.
We develop cross-curricular links making connections with other subjects and strengthening understanding of key scientific concepts.
Key Stage 3 Pathways:
Biology, Chemistry and Physics are delivered in units across each year which incorporate scientific enquiry.
Key Stage 4 Pathways:
We follow the AQA Science Trilogy and AQA Separate Science GCSE courses.
The science department offers opportunities to visit higher and further education establishments including Liverpool University. Visitors and guest speakers are invited in to work with and speak to pupils about higher education.Pupils are given the opportunity to take part in STEM trips and activities, working with other schools and developing their wider understanding of those subject areas.During curriculum days, the department offers innovative and engaging tasks working with whole year groups for whole/part of a day. British Science Week and World Space Week incorporates competitions, activities, alternative classroom activities and community nights.