Science & Health and Social Care Faculty

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Intent of the science curriculum

We want our students to develop a love of science and understand its applications in careers; specifically linked to science and health and social care settings. The curriculum has been developed so students deepen their knowledge and understanding over time and are able to make links across the different topics and areas they study. We strive to promote a love of learning and want to empower our students to be lifelong learners. To do this we want to develop their skills in problem solving and communication. We also want them to have the ability to question and find solutions when working independently. 

VISION STATEMENT: To improve the outcomes of ALL students by raising their aspirations and developing core skills.

We aim to meet the requirements set by the Department for Education as identified below:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments.
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Key aims of the science curriculum:

  1. To develop and sustain students’ curiosity about the world around them, an enjoyment of scientific activity and an understanding of how natural phenomena can be explained.
  2. Enable students to take an informed part in decisions, and to take appropriate actions, that affect their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of society and the environment.
  3. Develop:
    Scientific capabilities concerned with gathering and using evidence.
    Scientific attitudes.
    Literacy and numeracy skills.
    Employability skills including working with others.
  1. All activities deepen understanding of key scientific ideas as well as fostering attitudes, improving capabilities and raising aspirations.

Health and Social Care

Health & Social Care

The pupils at KS4 who opt to study Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care will gain sound specialist knowledge and skills for everyday use.

The course will challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and skills; encouraging independence and creativity; providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum including Values of Care, current legislation requirements and the importance of softer skills such as communication skills to ensure individuals right to independence and dignity.

The OCR Level 1/ 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Health and Social Care consists of 2 mandatory units which are studied in Year 10 and 2 optional units which are studied in Year 11. One of the mandatory units is an external written exam and the students will sit the exam in the summer of Year 10.  The other 3 units studied are assessed through a series of assignment tasks.

Implementation in Lessons

Consistency is the key to supporting and ensuring our vision.

To ensure pupils receive a consistent experience in science lessons, teaching staff with ensure the following:

  • All classrooms will have a display to support STEM based careers
  • All staff will deliver a careers-based lesson in each unit at KS3 and as appropriate at KS4
  • All staff will consistently focus on retrieval/recall practice as a starter activity
  • All homework will follow the same format, as far as possible, to focus on revision/recall/retrieval and incorporate exam technique across all year groups. This will be set once per fortnight.
  • “Mastery in science” lessons will take place regularly to focus on and develop key core skills
  • Exam practice and low states quizzing will be common features in lessons
  • WOW displays in each classroom will celebrate achievements of pupils meeting expectations
  • Each required practical will have a clear focus and incorporate “working scientifically” ideas
  • Expectations of all pupils will be high
  • Marking will be in line with policy and focus on high quality, meaningful feedback to allow pupils to improve
  • A positive, engaging learning climate will be maintained with a focus on positive reinforcement and praise
  • Assessments will be completed regularly, and data used to inform high quality classroom intervention

 Assessment

Pupils will be assessed in a variety of different ways including both summative and formative assessments.

Formal Assessments

This course will give you 2 GCSE qualifications. You will sit 6 exams (2x Biology, 2x Chemistry, 2x Physics) which are 1h 15m each and equally weighted.

These are written exams taken at the end of the course. They will include questions that draw on practical science experience.

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Curriculum Map

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Science at KS3

We reward good presentation of work in books using the proforma below which is attached inside the front cover of all year 7 and 8 exercise books.

When the books are marked, and staff think students have met the criteria, they get a sticker. Once the stickers build up students receive the rewards as stated and collect a certificate at the end. Usually every sticker results in an achievement point and a sweet treat in class too!

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers

Click on the Knowledge Organiser Selector to explore.

What is a Knowledge Organiser?

It is a document prepared by your teachers that summarises and condenses all the most vital, useful and powerful knowledge on a single page, that you need to remember to be successful.

If you use this document to help you when you study or revise it will help you to remember the key information and learn important subject specific words which will help you in your exams and assessments.

By using the Knowledge Organisers at home to support you with study it will help you when back in the classroom. Below is a list of potential ideas and tasks that you could follow to help with any subject. You will then need to find the knowledge organisers for the subjects you wish to study, and the topics that you are studying in class to complete the tasks below or those set by your teachers.

 

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