Science

Mr Phil Sutton – Subject Leader

Ms Jo Ainsworth – Teacher

Dr Sarah Kelly – Teacher

Mr Andrei Levitski – Teacher

Mr Ahmad Ayaz – Teacher

Science Reading List

For more details about the science curriculum, please email Philip.sutton@macclesfieldacademy.org

Intent of our science curriculum

Our curriculum aim is to systematically develop and sustain learners’ curiosity about the world, enjoyment of scientific activity and understanding of how natural phenomena can be explained.

The main purpose is to enable every individual to take an informed part in decisions, and to take appropriate actions that affect their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of society and the environment. To also understand how these ideas and values fit with our British Values.

We aim to develop:

  •  understanding of a set of ‘big ideas’ in science which include ideas of science
    and ideas about science and its role in society
  • scientific capabilities concerned with gathering and using evidence
    scientific attitudes.

Through strategic curriculum planning we aim to have a clear progression towards the goals of understanding the big ideas through studying topics of interest to students and relevant in their lives.

Learning experiences will reflect a view of scientific knowledge and scientific inquiry that is explicit and in line with current scientific thinking.

Our science curriculum activities aim to deepen understanding of scientific ideas but also foster attitudes and capabilities.

Assessment has a key role in our science curriculum. The formative assessment of students’ learning and the summative assessment of their progress is used to inform future planning and develop independent learning skills of our pupils.

In working towards these goals, we aim to promote cooperation among teachers and engagement of the community including the involvement of scientists, industry and further education establishments.

We hope to provide a line of sight for our students and demonstrate how the lifelong learning of science is relevant for their daily lives and the skills developed are relevant for all occupations and future occupations.

The curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11 is a spiralling curriculum that has been sequenced to build on previous learning and provides opportunities for spaced learning to develop long term retrieval.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum.

At Key Stage 3 we build on the foundations from Key Stage 2 and study a broad range of topics. The topics are grouped so that chemistry, biology and physics topics are spread evenly throughout the year. The topic groups taught are supported by practical activities and a homework menu were students are encouraged to choose their own additional learning and gain further depth about the topics being studied.

There are four assessments throughout the year, after each assessment pupils are provided with improvement work to help fill knowledge gaps.

Topics Studied are:

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Students study either:

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464) that is worth two GCSEs. The course covers aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in equal amounts and allows progression onto A-levels in any of the three Sciences or

GCSE Biology (8461), GCSE Physics (8463), GCSE Chemistry (8462). Each course is a separate GCSE in its own right, including the relevant science content from GCSE Combined Science, plus half as much again. These three courses are designed to be first and foremost a springboard to A-levels in the Sciences and any student seriously considering Science A-levels should carefully consider opting for this triplet of courses.

Students are assessed throughout the course and improvement work is provided to close identified knowledge gaps.

Enrichment

Revision sessions are available on a Monday evening and a Thursday morning to provide support for our GCSE students.

Monday lunchtime is available for our KS3 students to get support with their homework menu selection and completion.

On a Thursday afternoon pupils can opt for a STEM based enrichment activity.

We also work with our local primary schools providing support with curriculum delivery and community science events.

Throughout their time students will get the opportunity to attend university science events, meet and work with STEM ambassadors, take part in community science activities and competitions alongside targeted events such as ‘Girl’s Night Out’ at Jodrell Bank.