Curriculum Intent Statement
Teaching is a science; we are scientists. We will develop in our students an insatiable curiosity of the world around them. They will explore, experiment and explain. Our students’ desire to engage and answer questions will be matched only by their desire to ask the next question. We will nurture enthusiasm and resilience in a safe and orderly environment, building confidence in experimental skills to discover for themselves, the principles of the Universe in which we live. We will promote great critical thinking and independence by the questions we ask. We see our students as individuals, with unique challenges and talents, who are capable of achieving beyond what they thought possible and are not afraid to make mistakes.
In KS3, students will experience extended projects (half term) drawing on multiple themes and ideas. Our aim is to demonstrate the breadth of science and its impact on society, instil enthusiasm and awareness of Science to encourage further study. KS3 will introduce students to the safe working practices required in laboratories and develop their understanding of the scientific method and vocabulary.
In KS4, students will build upon the foundations of KS3 by developing more rigorous investigative skills and a more nuanced appreciation of the complexities of existing scientific ideas. By exploring the contribution of science in modern society, we will develop scientifically literate citizens with the knowledge to engage critically with key scientific ideas in everyday life, as well as propelling future scientists towards further education. We will celebrate and encourage all to strive for academic success in 2 or 3 GCSEs.
In KS5, science courses will be academically driven and develop expertise and critical thinking in the fields of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We will help students develop into autonomous, resilient, scientists with the confidence and ability to progress into higher education.