The Science Department encourages all learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent and worthwhile course of study. We provide our pupils with experience of how science works, stimulates their curiosity and encourages them to engage with science in their everyday lives. It also provides pupils with insight and to make informed choices about further study and career choices.
By the end of the year, pupils will be able to draw graphs and construct tables from data. Analyse basic trends in data and identify patterns. Recall the basic sections in a write-up and use them in most scientific write-ups.
By the end of the year, pupils will be able to analyse patterns in data and suggest basic scientific explanations for phenomena from previous knowledge. Students are able to create a scientific write-up independently and use all sections consistently.
By the end of the year, pupils will be able to use third party data to back up scientific hypotheses about more complex phenomena. Consistently draw graphs and tables for data and suggest suitable methods of data collection. Students are able to identify the research paper a news story has been based upon. Students are able to suggest a suitable investigation including equipment and a method, from a given question.
KS4 pupils will follow the Eduqas syllabus and by the end of the year, pupils will be able to critically evaluate data collection methods and data sources to suggest improvements and accept or reject hypotheses. They are able to use this to setup further lines of enquiry into complex phenomena. When given a method, students can make suitable alterations to improve it as they complete the experiment.
KS4 pupils will follow the Eduqas syllabus and by the end of the year, pupils will be able to independently critically evaluate data collection methods and data sources to create their own interpretation of the data. Use this to setup further lines of enquiry into complex phenomena so they are able to present their own theory for mechanisms of scientific phenomena/ improve existing. Students can critically evaluate the science behind the stories in the media, choosing whether to accept or reject the conclusions of the author.