Curriculum Content Overview
Commitment to continuous improvement
Our students develop confidence, resilience, and a love of learning through:
- The opportunity to investigate scientific phenomena and knowledge through research, practical work, independent study and excellent teaching from subject specialists.
- Being challenged to problem solve and apply their skills to other contexts across all three science subjects.
Acknowledgement of efforts and achievements
We help students achieve by:
- High quality, well-planned lessons delivered by specialist science teachers.
- Regular testing and directed improvement time following tests to support further learning.
- Using the school’s behaviour management system to celebrate excellence in effort and/or achievement.
Respect for others and the environment
We create students who:
- Understand the biological, chemical, and physical worlds and the contributions that scientific discoveries have made to our lives today.
- Can understand the impact that human beings are having on the environment in terms of biology, chemistry and physics.
Excellence in all that we do
We raise the aspirations and ambition of our students by:
- Engaging activities and contact with external agencies such as UEA and the RAF.
- Linking the science curriculum to real life applications.
Key Stage 3
Students have 6 lessons of science per fortnight. In Years 7 and 8, we follow a bespoke curriculum that covers the whole Key Stage 3 requirement whilst building essential knowledge, vocabulary, skills and understanding for the GCSE courses ahead. Our course prepares students for the rigours of GCSE study by introducing more complex scientific ideas at a much earlier stage than before. Separate units of biology, chemistry and physics are covered over the course of each academic year. Regular assessment throughout the course followed by a detailed review of answers allows students to reflect on their learning and improve their examination answers and technique. The Year 9 curriculum builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in Years 7 and 8 as students begin building the foundation knowledge for their Science GCSEs.
Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Combined Science
We offer two routes in the science GCSEs. Students either study for a separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE or they follow a Combined Science pathway which covers all 3 sciences and is worth 2 GCSEs.
The pathway each student follows is carefully selected to suit the academic interests of the individual to give them the best chance of fulfilling their potential in the GCSE examinations.
Key Stage 5 (A-Level)