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Falconer

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Nurturing, Inspiring, Achieving the Extraordinary Together

Science

Curriculum Intent:

Our intent is to distil a lifelong love of science within our pupils. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.  We work hard to provide a rich and varied curriculum to challenge and meet the individual needs of our children. We believe all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.  Throughout the key stages our pupils will build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. We provide our children with wider opportunities in science and make links to other subjects.

KS3 Science is an enquiry based curriculum. The boys follow a scheme of work that provides them with a fresh, engaging approach to science.

 

Working scientifically is a key theme to learning. Students will be;

  • Carrying out and evaluating practical experiments.
  • Using data.
  • Looking at how science works in the real world.
  • Explaining ideas from other subject areas.

A broad learning base at KS3 helps provide the boys will the core knowledge and skill to prepare them to excel at KS4.

Key Stage 4

Knowledge and understanding of science and scientific principles are a core part of modern society. All students at Falconer follow the GCSE Core Science scheme of work. This provides them with a broad understanding of science and equips them with the knowledge and skills to evaluate many of the current issues worldwide, providing the opportunity to develop as not only a student but as a member of the global community.

 

The core science GCSE encompasses modules from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There is also a ‘How Science Works’ component which covers the practical nature of science and procedures for conducting valid scientific experiments.

In some exceptional circumstances there is the opportunity for some students to also follow the Additional Science GCSE course. This will then give the pupil two science GCSEs at the end of Year 11.

KS4 Science Curriculum and Progression

The students have been looking at organs and systems, including the digestive system. As part of this the look at different nutrients in food. In this lesson they were testing different foods for the presence of starch using iodine.

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