Sciences – Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Scientific innovation continues to improve our lives. Its unapologetic evidence-based method has cured diseases, allowed planes to fly and synthesised valuable chemical compounds previously unseen in the natural world. It rejects pseudoscientific ideas such as alchemy, the idea of a flat Earth or homeopathy. The sciences have also increased the complexity of our lives and presented moral and ethical questions: just because we can, should we?
Our students face a world full of information, much of questionable scientific accuracy. With this in mind, it is our intent to equip our students, not only with a body of useful scientific knowledge, but also with an evidence-based approach to their daily lives, where they can effectively scrutinise fact from fiction. We hope this flexible and sceptical outlook allows them to live healthy, prosperous lives in a continuously changing world with its unknown future skillset.
Our curriculum is an ambitious five to seven-year programme taught as three separate sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, gradually leading to the mastery of ten big scientific ideas. These big ideas, and their accompanying skills, have been chosen as those most important to a modern global community of informed citizens.
We believe that there are three aspects to the mastery of scientific ideas:
- Learning a body of core knowledge
- Demonstrating understanding of that knowledge
- Practising a set of skills that support that knowledge
Learning Journey for Science. This breaks down what will be learnt in each year group in a clear and concise format. The learning journeys are a work in progress and will be updated throughout the year.
Please below to see full details of the courses in our: Sciences Curriculum and Assessment booklet