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The curriculum intent of the Science Department actively supports the overall aims and vision for the whole school’s curriculum. We believe that the root of scientific understanding needs to build upon students' natural curiosity about themselves and how their universe works. We aspire to ensure our students become informed and responsible individuals who are able to make critical and well-informed decisions about the environment, society and the ever-changing role that science has in their daily lives, with the intent that we instil a lifelong passion for science.
All students will be exposed to a wide range of subjects across the main science disciplines with the occasional booster lesson designed and implemented based on the passions of the staff within the department. Staff members bring a wide range of passions including zoology, forensics, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. We understand how science has changed our lives and the live of others around us, and recognise how it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We continue to review the curriculum offered to our students building upon the requirements of the national curriculum and the GCSE specifications.
Throughout their time at The Mandeville School, students will acquire the knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills needed for them to make informed decisions regarding scientific contexts. To do this our students will develop their skills of scientific design and inquiry from the very first lesson within the department. They will do this by carrying out scientific investigations to push their understanding of key principals, evaluate scientific evidence to draw conclusions and gain an awareness of ever-changing theories so they can create balanced arguments. Students will then use these skills when using equipment, designing and implementing practical work and feel safe to always be able to ask questions to foster a curiosity about their surroundings.
Guided by our school motto of ‘Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow’, students will gain a broad mix of experiences from their science lessons. Through the acquisition of skills and understanding, students will have the opportunity to experience a challenging and diverse learning environment that allows them to take risks with their learning and develop their resilience skills. The schemes of work have been developed to build upon their previous knowledge so students feel their learning is a continuation across each of the years and allows them to show progression. To do this the science lessons have been planned for inclusion for all students with lessons and tasks being differentiated to allow this to happen.
Here you can find the curriculum maps for Science for the academic year 2020-21. This is subject to change as we move through the year, especially the Year 11 section. As we approach the final exams the topics revised will be based on the needs of the students and therefore cannot be set at this stage.
Key Stage 3
● Lab Safety
● Light and Sound
● Elements and the periodic table
● Health and Lifestyle
● Atoms and Compounds
● Our Planet Earth
● Particle theory
● Living Organisms
● Chemical reactions
● Life on Earth
● Metals and their reactions
● Forces and motion
● Electricity and magnetism
● Acids, bases and Alkalis
● Adaptations and genetics
Key Stage 4
All students study Science (Double). Triple Science is available as an option subject.
Year 9 students will start off their year with working on assessed practicals to ensure they have all of the skills required for them to create, implement and critique scientific experimentation. They will then start working on the foundation knowledge required for them to be successful with their GCSEs.
Students completing GCSEs in Science will cover the following broad topics:
● Cell biology
● Infection and Response
● Coordination and Control
● Variation and Evolution
● Ecology in Action
● Atomic structure and the periodic table
● Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
● Quantitative chemistry
● Chemical changes
● Energy changes
● The rate and extent of chemical change
● Organic chemistry
● Chemical analysis
● Chemistry of the atmosphere
● Using resources
● Particle model of matter
● Atomic structure
● Magnetism and electromagnetism
Key Stage 5
All information is subject to change
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