The Highcrest Academy

Science

Science at Highcrest

Our intention is to develop a love of Science in all students; an education which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life.

With this in mind, we aim to adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of every student. This could be from teaching separate sciences in KS3, identifying subject strengths early on, tailoring exam entry at KS4, ensuring students are on the correct route, to career-based option choices at KS5. We aim to encourage curiosity, build confidence and develop a range of practical skills.

Intent

Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire students to develop a love for Science. We provide an education which brings out the best in all students and prepares them for success in life. We encourage curiosity, build confidence and develop a range of practical skills by including real life applications of the content taught at every opportunity. Our teaching and learning will promote excitement and engagement, awe, wonder and curiosity, based around practical investigations in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to allow students to make their own discoveries and draw their own conclusions.

Impact

Our curriculum will ensure all students develop a love and curiosity for all aspects of Science. They will develop the confidence to question everything and the skills and passion to pursue the answers. They will expand their experience of the content taught through a range of extra-curricular visits that promote competition and teamwork. We will prepare students to change the world through their scientific innovations as they continue the journey that started here, inspiring them to be our next generation of scientists, technologists and engineers on the next step of their journey.

Key Stage 3

Science Club runs after school every Monday.

Students will develop their ability to work scientifically and includes laboratory skills.

Students study a range of exciting topics in KS3 with a separate focus on Biology, chemistry and Physics. Students start with a “How Science Works” module in Year 7 and then a baseline test is used with their KS2 data to set them on the appropriate pathway. They are encouraged to explore and develop ideas, argue their point of view and develop the ability to be curious about the world around them.

KS3 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)

Key Stage 4

Students start their GCSE courses at the start of Year 9, following either Triple Science (leading to three separate GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology) or Combined Science (leading to two GCSEs in Science).

In Year 9 all students study Triple Science in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Assessments are carried out at the end of each topic. In Year 10 students are set into Higher and Foundation groups. Various assessments are carried out at the end of each topic to ensure students are on the correct path. This is further refined in Year 11 with the Mock exam process and students are entered for Triple Science (higher/foundation) or Combined Science (higher/Foundation).

Students revisit and further develop the skills they learnt at KS3 with encouragement and guidance to explore and analyse in more depth.  Pupils are taught how to approach a range of topics, skills and questions in preparation for their GCSE exams.

KS4 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)

Key Stage 5

Students studying any Science subject at AS/A2 will further develop the skills they learnt at GCSE and learn to become independent and curious about the workings of the world around them. They will also have the opportunity to develop their laboratory skills and gain work experience while working with our Science Technicians. Our ambassadors also gain experience helping out across the department and on Open Evenings.

External AS Exams are sat at the end of Year 12.

KS5 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)

Extracurricular

Revision:

A range of before and after-school revision sessions run to support our Year 11 and A Level students with exam preparation.

Saturday sessions are provided to support Year 11 students

Drop in Session every lunchtime in Sc5.

Literacy in Science

Good literacy skills are becoming increasingly important in Science.

Students are given a range of opportunities to practice and refine their literacy skills, including reading a variety of scientific texts in order to extract information which is needed for a subsequent task, use the correct scientific terminology (key words) in their explanations, and use phonics to help learn how to pronounce new words.