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Science

A curriculum based on the national programmes of study preparing learners for accreditation at Entry level in KS4.

Purpose

 A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the study of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural events. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is happening, predict how things will behave, and study causes.
 

Tailor made projects occur throughout each of the KS3 years with an emphasis on learning objectives through exploratory and play-based practical work.

Key Stage 2 and Nurture

Pupils in KS2 classes will study a broad project based curriculum covering many of the national framework areas through a revision based approach.

Pupils in the Nurture groups will study through a similar approach, though covering some of the KS2 content and some of the early KS3 content. This will aim to accommodate attendance issues prior to attending Sky College.

Both groups will follow science work differentiated to individual need.

Key Stages 3 and 4

Throughout the course a variety of learning activities are used to support and enhance attainment; such as use of models and analogies, diagrams, videos, practical activities, teacher demonstrations, literacy and numeracy skills are part and parcel of science so individual reading and writing is also essential.

The Entry Level Certificate in Science identifies the activities and experiences students will come across in everyday life, and links these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. It provides the opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life as a citizen.

Curriculum 

A recent review of the curriculum in science included a student consultation to establish what kinds of topics might interest them. The feedback has been taken into account in planning themes of topics that will cover content in the following components that work towards and align with accreditation in Entry Level Certificate in science.

Biology:

 - The Human Body

 - Environment, evolution and inheritance

Chemistry:

 - Elements, mixtures and compounds

 - Chemistry in our world

Physics:

 - Energy, forces and structure of matter

 - Electricity, magnetism and waves

 

Some of the topic titles for groups in Foundation, Consolidation and Progression are below:

 

Physics:

Biology:

Chemistry:

 Space Signals Are aliens like us? Alien Rocks and Materials
 Stars and space Blood, guts and gore! Projects: EOD (Bomb Disposal!) Suit
 Supermagnets and motors Evolution and Reproduction Super Materials and Alloys
Lift Off  Natural Mutants Shelter Building & Survival Skills
 Making Magnet Toys Fitness, Food and First Aid Cool Chemical Reactions
 Bridge Building Survival on an Alien planet Fast and Slow Chemical Reactions
 Speeding and Skidding Projects: Zombie Nation (pollution and plants) Don't flip your lid

 

The students follow personalised targets based on the Sky 5 science criteria. The criteria allow the students to see how to progress towards accreditation.

After recent changes to GCSE science syllabi and examinations, the students will be entered for either single or double Entry Level Certificate Science. The linear qualification will involve gathering a portfolio of teacher designed assessments of practical investigative skills as well as either three or six short written tests.

The AQA Entry Level course is aligned with the GCSE course. If appropriate individual students may be entered for the combined GCSE science course or single science GCSE.

 

  • An overview of the course can be found here
  • The syllabus can be found here:

 

Throughout study in the Foundation, Consolidation or Progression groups in science the students will gather evidence to enable them to achieve AQA Unit Award Scheme certification. It is a recording of achievement scheme, not a qualification, and has been introduced to Sky College in 2017 to support motivation and encourage student to work towards goals.