Our curriculum is underpinned by our core values;
To offer all students the opportunity to develop practical and critical thinking skills through a mixture of research, experimental and teacher led learning.
To offer students support and challenge to build resilience.
To develop an appreciation of the Scientific method and an understanding of the importance of evidence to allow students to make informed decisions both now and in the future whilst representing protected characteristics equally through a wide range of people of influence.
Secure developments and achievements…
Essentially assessment for learning
Behaviour for learning
Prepare students for “life beyond Pewsey Vale”
Exposure to current scientific ideas
Exposure to eminent scientific professionals
Critical thinking skills and use of the scientific method
Promote active community involvement
Offer extracurricular opportunities for personal development
Link ideas to awareness of national and global issues
Planning Documentation - Term 1 & 2
Planning Documentation - Term 3
Planning Documentation - Term 4
Planning Documentation - Term 5
Year 5 Gifted and Talented afternoon – “Observation”.
Year 6 Transition – “Bunsen Burner Operatives”.
Skills Topic at the start of Year 7.
KS2 Baseline test on entry.
Through Nurture Provision (Individual Needs)
Use of Differentiation including scaffolding, seating plans, by outcome, teacher support etc.
Tier of Entry.
Selection for 2 or 3 Separate Sciences.
Revision classes during the holidays and after school.
Science Live trip.
Ensuring range of practical activities.
Year 7 Trip
(Possible cross curricular links with Geography trips)
Through Teaching, Learning & Assessment
Through KS3 a broad and balanced range of topics covers the 3 main disciplines up to year 9 when we use a more theme based approach to focus on the three main Fundamentals – Cells, Atoms and Energy in readiness for the transition to GCSE. Assessment is via Homework, class work, Criteria Based Tasks and synoptic testing to identify and fill gaps.
At KS4 we offer Triple Science at both Higher and Foundation tier to encompass all learners of all abilities with the options for some pupils to focus on two rather than three disciplines.
Through promoting Literacy
Literacy sheets with Tier 3 scientific language are used at the front of books/folders and are referred to during lessons. Tier 3 language is displayed both in the classroom and identified in the Key words section on powerpoints with lesson content. When marking, literacy such as spelling and grammar mistakes are responded to. This forms part of the DIRT strategy to improve the quality of written English across the school.
The use of Homework is to embed and consolidate the work covered during lessons.
The use of Homework is to allow revision prior to assessment.
The use of Homework in preparation for forthcoming lessons.
The impact of the school’s curriculum is measured through several means: