Science

 

Introduction

 

Science is the curiosity and search for knowledge of how concepts work and why they work in this way, using observation and experimentation.  Science works alongside many different subjects, such as, Maths, English, D.T. and Art to support the development and understanding of our world today.  During science lessons, our students will develop skills in communication and working with others to test concepts for themselves.

 

 

Topics Covered

 

The topics covered in science will cover a wide range of concepts in the three science disciplines Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  These include:

 

  • Biology – cells, body systems, reproduction
  • Chemistry – particle model, elements, acids and alkalis
  • Physics – forces, sound, light

 

 

Key Skills

 

The principle focus of Science at New Heights is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics.  Our young people will begin to see the connections between these subjects and become aware of some of the ‘big ideas’ underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding.  The order of the units has been chosen by thinking about the connections between topics in each subject area of biology, chemistry and physics.  This has been mapped through a two-year plan to ensure significant opportunities for progression by all students.  The flexible content aims to deepen scientific knowledge, ensuring key concepts are understood.

 

 

Assessment and Feedback

 

Students complete a baseline assessment on entry.  The results of which are used to create individual learning pathways.  Pre-topic questions are used to identify individual starting points for each new topic and work produced in books is marked and fed back to students.  Summative end of topic questions are used to identify any gaps in learning and targeted intervention is put in place to ensure students progress from their starting points.

 

 

Links to Everyday Life

 

Science is an important core subject.  At New Heights we want our students to understand how important scientists and engineers are really are, as they literally shape the world around us.

 

 

Career Pathways

 

Science career pathways are endless and range from archaeologists to veterinarian and ‘everything else’ in between.  If your future ambitions lie outside of the mould of traditional careers, there are some alternative options that fuse together science with other areas for a really unique career including; scientific illustrator or even a politician!