SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

VISION & INTENT

The Science Curriculum Area, in line with Eastlea Community School's core values, is committed to ensuring that all our students make greater than expected progress across all Key Stages in the subject of Science. Our Science curriculum has been designed to be rigorous, fun as well as  challenging with the aim of developing students who are skilled critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and team players, as these are sought after desirable and transferable skills which would empower our students to excel beyond Eastlea.

At Eastlea Community School, Science is taught as a series of topics, each addressing an area of Physics, Biology or Chemistry. The topics increase in complexity and difficulty through the  years, in order to prepare the pupils fully for their final Science exam. We are currently teaching science based on Activate for AQA  for KS3 and AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy and Separate sciences.

KEY STAGE 3 SCIENCE

At KS3, the units are arranged around the 10 big ideas in secondary science: Forces, Energy, Magnetism, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, organisms, Ecosystems and Genes. Throughout the course students will carry out practical work in the context of each big idea with the goal of developing their knowledge and understanding, to pose scientific questions, define scientific problems, plan and carry out investigations. These provides students with opportunities and skills: to collect, process, analyse and interpret data. These skills, as well as literacy and mathematical skills are taught through the big ideas and not as stand alone strands.

Students are formally assessed at the end of each big idea; however as students’ progress is one of our non-negotiables, our lessons also follow the new five-part lesson structure with regular progress checks.

KEY STAGE 4 SCIENCE

At KS4, all students follow either the The AQA GCSE Combined Science specification for a double award or the Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics). For the past 5 years science has recorded above national average GCSE grades for our separate science students.

The GCSE Science programme of study follows AQA specification and  is presented in three  sections: Biology, Chemistry, Physics. There is also the Required Practical content which is integrated through the context of the subject content. At the moment, we are following the block teaching schedule, where  in each  term we  focus on Biology, chemistry or physics until we complete the full specification. We have recently reviewed  the merits merits and demerits of this block teaching and its impact on the progress our students make at the end of the final year 11 exam. Our students well being and progress are at the heart of all we do, hence we have made a decision to move from block to inter-leaving topic rotation at KS4. In addition to our rich curriculum, science also runs a STEM club for Years 7-9.

Please find the Summary of the our 5 year programme below: 

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION IN SCIENCE

Key stage 3:

Stem Club

Intervention session for year 7 and 8

Lunch time club

Homework club

EAL homework club​

Key stage 4:

After school clubs 

Intervention clubs lunch time and  in the morning

Half term revision clubs.

Some Saturday intervention clubs

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

IN SCIENCE

STEM club for all students 

Diana awards 

English as and Additional Language club

CONTACTS DETAILS FOR SCIENCE

Mahamudu Seidu - Curriculum Team Leader of Science

Kechi Okolo - Subject Coordinator of Science

If you wish to make contact please mark FAO at: 

info@eastlea.newham.sch.uk 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION FOR SCIENCE

Science intervention occurs at lunchtime and after school  where students are given help with homework and coursework. 

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