Curriculum Intent Statement for Science: Biology, Chemistry & Physics
Science teaching at Valentines High School aims to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future.
At Valentines High School, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the children study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. Topics, such as Cells, are taught in Key Stage Three and studied again in further detail throughout Key Stage Four & Five. This model allows children to build upon their prior knowledge and increases their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into the long-term memory.
All children are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific-based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions.
Science lessons at Valentines High School prepare our students for life outside of school in the following ways:
- Our curriculum is tailored to prepare students who wish to study Medicine, Dentistry & Engineering at University.
- Our curriculum promotes the wider reading of Science, which will enable pupils to have scientific discussions at Russell Group & Oxbridge Universities. Furthermore, pupils will have the ability to debate; propose logical constructive arguments and solutions during their everyday lives.
- Our learning journey ensures that students are independent thinkers; have the ability to devise a plan, rationale and conclusions during their everyday working lives. The curriculum also ensures that pupils are able to work in teams and have necessary communication and interpersonal skills to help them succeed in life.