In science, lessons are structured so that pupils can learn in an investigative and enquiry-based way, using scaffolding to enable pupils to complete this learning actively and independently. In KS3 and KS4 science is taught by the subject specialist, which allows pupils to ‘work like a scientist’ each and every lesson. In KS2, science is taught by class teachers as part of their thematic learning, under the guidance of the subject specialist.
As a school, we have determined that our definition of learning is a change to the long-term memory. This means that the way we implement our curriculum maps involves repetitive teaching of the key concepts and skills in science, using a variety of engaging topics as vehicles to develop these skills. Each unit has built in practise, retrieval and reinforcement of the key concepts to ensure knowledge sticks in the long-term memory.
The science SOW is underpinned by this theory and way of working and supports pupils to make good progress in science, which is monitored and assessed against a skills-based framework. This is all done by the science specialist to ensure rigour in the assessment process. In Upper School, pupils access a range of qualifications according to their attainment levels: BTEC and AQA Entry Level.