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:
Intervention session for year 7 and 8
Lunch time 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
STEM club for all students
English as and Additional Language club
CONTACTS DETAILS FOR SCIENCE
Mahamudu Seidu - Curriculum Team Leader of Science
Kechi Okolo - Subject Coordinator of Science
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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT & INFORMATION FOR SCIENCE
Science intervention occurs at lunchtime and after school where students are given help with homework and coursework.