Here at Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy, our vision for Science is to engage and enthuse the future Scientist with practical and real life examples of how Science works today.
Science is currently taught across all three age groups as a combination of topics covering all three disciplines of Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
In years 7 and 8 we cover all of the KS3 topics ranging from cells to evolution, atoms to reactions of metals with acids and light to speed.
In year 9 we begin the preparation for GCSE with an introduction to GCSE and then we begin to teaching the GCSE syllabus following the AQA scheme of work for Trilogy and Separate Science awards.
Throughout all of the age groups we also embed the principles of “working scientifically” to ensure that each pupil has the opportunity to learn the skills required to become a successful Scientist.
Through the content across all three disciplines, pupils should be taught to:
- pay attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility
- understand that scientific methods and theories develop as scientists modify earlier explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results and peer review
- evaluate risks
Experimental skills and investigations
- ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience
- make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding
- plan and design investigations and experiments to make observations and to test predictions, including identifying independent, dependent and control variables and their intrinsic nature and other factors to be taken into account when collecting evidence and data
- use appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work, paying attention to health and safety
- make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations; and evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvements
- apply sampling techniques
Analysis and evaluation
- apply mathematical concepts and calculate results
- present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables and graphs
- interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions
- present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses
- evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error
- identify further questions arising from their results
- understand and use SI units and IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) chemical nomenclature
- use and derive simple equations and carry out appropriate calculations
- undertake basic data analysis including simple statistical techniques.
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