At Eden School we want all pupils to become confident, articulate and curious learners, regardless of their starting point. We want our students to be able to appreciate and understand the rapidly changing world around them and to become tolerant and responsible members of their local, national and global community. We believe that Science has the potential to develop the knowledge and skills that allow pupils to succeed at these levels, and our Science curriculum is designed in a way to support and nurture our students’ journeys to achieving this.
The Science curriculum is designed to instil pupils with a genuine sense of excitement and curiosity. It is both relevant and engaging, allowing pupils to develop their own ideas and ways of working, through highly memorable learning experiences. To this end, we ensure that pupils develop a practical approach to science, by routinely planning and carrying out laboratory investigations. This approach is supported by wider educational opportunities provided in and out of lessons that embrace local, national and global developments or issues.
We ensure that pupils become confident readers of science. In a world where we are increasingly exposed to scientific facts, it is important that pupils are able to read such information, understand it, and reach well informed conclusions. Therefore the texts used in lessons, whilst ambitious, are both relevant and motivating, and aim to improve pupils’ understanding of topical science. In further support of this, pupils learn a repertoire of ambitious vocabulary, which supports both their understanding of science and their wider social interactions and understanding.
Science lessons are carefully structured so that pupils follow a logical and progressive curriculum that builds on previous learning. Links to other subjects are reinforced and explored, providing a powerful and meaningful learning experience. Most importantly, gaps in knowledge and understanding are identified and rectified so that pupils have sufficiently strong foundations to further their learning.
We also understand that the study of Science helps to develop a pupil’s ethical values by providing opportunities to discuss the impact that science has on society. Likewise pupils will develop sensitivity and understanding of how people of different backgrounds may interpret scientific information differently. Such discussions, along with experiences gained outside the classroom are fundamental to the holistic development of our students, and the curriculum is therefore designed to strengthen pupils’ cultural capital.
Science offers a broad, rich and rigorous curriculum that stretches and challenges pupils in a friendly, supportive and well structured manner. Key elements of our curriculum delivery are:
- At KS3 pupils have 2-3 science lessons per week, each 45 minutes long.
- At KS4 pupils have 4 lessons per week, each 45 minutes long.
- The curriculum is driven by a strong subject specialist.
- The lead for science teaches all classes in years 8-11. In Year 7 and at KS2, science is delivered by the class tutor.
- The lead for science supports non-specialist teachers in delivering and monitoring high-quality Science lessons across all key stages.
- Curriculum content is clearly mapped and matched to the National Curriculum.
- Schemes of learning progressively develop pupils skills and knowledge.
- Pupils are equipped with road maps so that they better understand their learning journeys.
- Science lessons are well structured with knowledge retrieval activities in every lesson.
- Gaps in pupils’ knowledge are identified and intervention is put in place to ensure full inclusivity.
- Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of individual learners and ensure full inclusivity.
- Pupils work is marked in class wherever possible and live feedback provided for improved intervention and learning.
- Pupil questioning and curiosity are actively encouraged in safe and understanding classrooms.
- Teachers use modelling to effectively communicate new ideas.
- Regular opportunities for out-of-class educational activities to enrich students’ cultural capital and introduce pupils to potential career paths.