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Science

Intent 

Science at St. Matthias aims to develop an understanding and curiosity about the world around them. It strives to encourage student to overcome barriers to learning and identify and address any dysfluency or misconceptions, whilst gaining confidence in themselves. We aim to develop skills in scientific enquiry and problem solving which will help with science qualifications as well in their future career.

KS3

Curriculum offer, Topics, Key Skills & SMSC

The key stage 3 science curriculum follows the national curriculum.

This aims to: develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, develop understanding of the methods and processes needed to conduct scientific enquiry, to be able to apply the scientific knowledge to situations in the wider world. The key skills developed include: experimental skills, analysis and evaluation, measurement.

Topics covered in key stage 3 science include: structure and function of living organisms, material cycles and energy, interactions and interdependencies, the periodic table and reactions, acids and alkalis, the earth and atmosphere, energy, motion and forces, waves and matter.

The curriculum links into British values by discussions regarding respect of environment, the law and ethics of genetics, the responsivity to protect the earth and atmosphere.

KS4

Curriculum offer, Topics, Key Skills & SMSC

The key stage 4 curriculum follows the Cambridge international GCSE single science award. This qualification aims to deliver content which is interesting and engaging as well as providing the solid foundation of key scientific concepts. It develops practical and mathematical skills through the topics.

 

The topics are splits into the three sciences

Biology: The nature and variety of living organisms, structure and functions in living organisms, reproductions and inheritance, ecology and the environment, use of biological resources

Chemistry: principles of chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, organic chemistry,

Physics: forces and motion, electricity, waves, energy resources and energy transfers, solids, liquids and gases, magnetism and electromagnetism, radioactivity and particles,

 

All year 11 pupils and some year 10 pupils will have the opportunity to take the entry-level science qualification in addition to the GCSE course.