Science

Mr Phil Sutton – Subject Leader

Ms Jo Ainsworth – Teacher

Mr Andrei Levitski – Teacher

Mr Ahmad Ayaz – Teacher

Science Reading List

Science Curriculum Overview 

For more details of the Science curriculum please email Joanna.Ainsworth@macclesfieldacademy.org

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.

Science Key Stage 3 learning journey

Disciplinary knowledge
Within EVERY lesson, there will be an objective that covers one of the following types of disciplinary knowledge within the context of the substantive
knowledge.

a) Variables
b) Risks
c) Presenting data
d) Interpreting data
e) Planning and investigation
f) Evaluating and concluding an investigation
g) Extended response questions
h) Math skill
i) Equipment
j) Units

Assessment
Students will be assessed at the end of each topic using a mix of multiple choice questions to cover the content and extended response to look at the
ten embedded skills. The skills will then be able to be tracked to see improvement and target areas throughout the journey.
Students will have an identified piece of work in each topic which they will get in depth feedback on and will require them to improve.

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.