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St John's C of E Middle School Academy

Science

Intent:
St John's CofE Middle School Academy Science Department is committed to helping students become confident in challenging ideas and scientific theories that they are presented with within their daily lives.

Our mission is for all students to be challenged within lessons; be able to link their prior learning with new situations they encounter; engage in public discussions; appreciate the awe and wonder of science; develop a life-long love of science and have the skills of a scientifically literate person.

The National curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

In upper Key Stage 2 the principle focus is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They will do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically. They will encounter more abstract ideas and begin to recognise how ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates.

In Key Stage 3 the focus is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in biology, chemistry and physics. We aim to enable students to interconnect the three subject areas, but also across the curriculum by developing their use of scientific vocabulary, including the use of scientific terminology, units and mathematical representations.

 

Implementation:

The science department has created a bespoke curriculum incorporating aspects of Collins Connect and Outstanding Science for KS2, which is taught as discreet lessons twice a week. There is an investigative aspect to most lessons, which helps to develop their scientific thinking as they prepare for Key Stage 3. Students are periodically assessed on the topics that they have been taught, which enables teachers to focus wave 1 intervention on areas that the students have found most challenging.

In Key Stage 3, students follow the Activate course, which is taught exclusively by specialist science teachers. Since September 2018, both Years 7 & 8 have a top set for science; with the remaining classes being taught as mixed ability groups. The creation of the top set is to stretch and challenge students, preparing them for the separate science pathways available at High School. There are assessments at the end of every topic, which test the knowledge, understanding and applications of science; and incorporate low level questions through to higher order thinking skills. Alongside this, the science department has been working closely with the local High Schools to ensure that the mathematical and investigative skills required for GCSE science are taught at St Johns CofE Middle School Academy.

 

Autumn Term

Key Stage 2:

Students in Year 5 study the units of Plants, Materials and Forces. Whereas Year 6 study the units of The Body, Nature Library and Electricity.

Key Stage 3:

Students on Year 7 study the units of Working Scientifically, Cells, Particles and Elements. Whereas Year 8 study the units of Ecosystem Processes, The Periodic Table and Electricity & Magnetism.

 

Spring Term

Key Stage 2:

Students in Year 5 study the units of Lifecycles, Everyday Materials and Earth & Beyond. In Year 6, students study the units of Marvellous Mixtures and Everything Changes.

Key Stage 3:

Students on Year 7 study the units of Body Systems, Chemical Reactions, Sound and Forces. Students will also complete a mini project on the unit of Space, which will be completed as homework. Whereas Year 8 study the units of Health and Lifestyle, Separating Techniques and Energy. Likewise, students in Year 8 will also complete a mini project for homework on the topic of The Earth.

 

Summer Term

Key Stage 2:

Student in Year 5 study Reproduction and All Change, with students in Year 6 studying Light and the bespoke Working Scientifically unit. This is specifically designed to provide students with the skills required for Key Stage 3 scientific enquiry.

Key Stage3:

Students in Year 7 study Reproduction, Acids & Alkalis and a unit from Year 8 called Adaptations & Inheritance. Students in Year 8 study Adaptation & Inheritance, Metals & Acids and Motion & Pressure.

 

The Launchpad, which supports the learning of a select number of students, also offers a bespoke number of units that will be taught over the duration of Years 5 & 6 covering topics on Plants, Materials, Forces, The Body, Nature Library and Electricity. Those students in Years 7 & 8 will have differentiated lessons linked to the topics being delivered on the above topics.

 

Impact:

The curriculum offer for science has now created a rich and stimulating environment that will all both our students and department to engage in the process of scientific discovery. The upgrading of the science laboratories has helped raise the profile of the subject and has led to a significant increase in the number of investigations being delivered. The science department offers the Fizz Pop science club for Key Stage 2; and also runs a STEM Club regularly for selected students in Years 7 & 8, which supports the newly created top set science thereby ensuring that students leaving St Johns CofE Middle School Academy are prepared to meet the challenges and experiences of Key Stage 4 scienc

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Science Curriculum Year 5

Autumn Term

  • Plants
  • Life Cycles
  • Forces

Spring Term

  • Materials
  • Everyday Materials
  • Earth and Beyond

Summer Term

  • Reproduction
  • All Change

Science Curriculum - Year 6 

Autumn Term

  • The Body
  • Nature Library
  • Electricity

Spring Term

  • Everything Changes
  • Light 

Summer Term

  • Cells – Introduction to Year 7 Science

Science Curriculum - Year 7

Autumn Term

  • Working Scientifically
  • Cells
  • Particles
  • Elements, Atoms & Compounds
  • Forces

Spring Term

  • Body Systems
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space

Summer Term

  • Reproduction
  • Acids & Alkalis

Science Curriculum - Year 8 

Autumn Term

  • Health & Lifestyle
  • The Periodic Table
  • Separating Techniques
  • Electricity & Magnetism

Spring Term

  • Adaptation & Inheritance
  • Metals & Acids
  • The Earth Energy

Summer Term

  • Ecosystems
  • Pressure