Science


We aim to make Science stimulating, fun and accessible and as a Middle School pupils have access to some unique opportunities unavailable in most  primary schools. This allows them a "hands on" investigative approach and the opportunity to work with experts in their field.

All the courses are in modular format with homework, internal assessment and feedback.

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 (Sc1)

¨ Life processes and living things (Sc2)

¨ Materials and their properties (Sc3)

¨ Physical processes (Sc4)

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.

Pupils are introduced to working in a laboratory and the important aspects of health and safety.

 

Key Stage 2 

 

Year 5

The Year 5 Science course is arranged in modules and each includes theory, practical tasks and opportunities to develop cross-curricular skills including independence and self-management.

Autumn Term

· Introduction to Science (including safety and scientific enquiry skills).

· Start of year assessment

· Materials and their Properties

Spring Term

· Light and Sound

· Forces

Summer Term

· Ecology and Ecosystems

· End of Year Exam.

Assessment

1. Class work - peer and self-assessment.

2. Homework - teacher assessment.

3. End of module tests - summative assessment.

4. Teacher  continual assessment of pupils progress.

Levels

In this subject pupils normally work within the range of levels 3 to 5.

 

Year 6 

The Year 6 Science course is arranged in modules and each includes theory, practical tasks and opportunities to develop cross-curricular skills including independence and self-management.

Autumn Term

· Changing Materials—Reversible and Irreversible Changes

· Human Body

· Earth and Beyond

Spring Term

· Electricity

· Preparation for End of Key Stage Assessment

Summer Term

· End of Key Stage Exam

· Classification and Variation  -  KS3 module

· Sound—KS3 module

Assessment

1. Class work - peer and self-assessment.

2. Homework - teacher assessment.

3. End of unit tests - summative assessment.

4. Teacher  continual assessment of pupils progress.

Levels

In this subject pupils normally work within the range of levels 3 to 5.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

The Year 7 Science course is based on concepts which are intended to deepen and broaden knowledge and understanding of Key Stage 3 Science.  It is modular in design. Each unit includes theory, practical tasks and opportunities to develop cross-curricular skills including independence and self-management.

 

Autumn Term

· Forces

· Classification of Materials

Spring Term

· Energy

· Separating and Purifying Materials

· Life Processes 1

Summer Term

· Rocks

· Behaviour

Assessment

· Class work - peer and self-assessment.

· Homework and projects - teacher assessment.

· End of unit tests - summative assessment.

· Teacher  continual assessment of pupils progress .

Levels

In this subject pupils normally work within the range of levels 3 to 6.

 

Year 8 

The Year 8 Science course is based on concepts which are intended to deepen and broaden knowledge and understanding of Key Stage 3 Science.  It is modular in design. Each unit includes theory, practical tasks and opportunities to develop cross-curricular skills including independence and self-management.

 

Autumn Term

Earth In Space

Light

Life Processes 2

Spring Term

Life Processes 2

Electricity and Magnetism

Summer Term

Acids and Alkalis

Food Webs

Assessment

Class work - peer and self-assessment.

Homework and projects - teacher assessment.

End of unit tests - summative assessment.

Teacher  continual assessment of pupils progress.

Levels

In this subject pupils normally work within the range of levels 3 to 7.

 

 

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