Science at Springwell aims to prepare students to be responsible and inquisitive individuals, within the global STEM community that is rapidly changing and is increasingly affecting upon everyday life. It does this by:
- Equipping students with scientific knowledge and skills for everyday life, as well as future learning and employment.
- Challenging students to think analytically, creatively, critically, and logically.
- Creating an understanding of the impacts of science on the individual and the wider society.
- Giving students a vocabulary that allows them to communicate using scientific terminology.
- Sequencing learning to aid the transfer of scientific knowledge to the long-term memory.
Key Stage 3
Provides a structured sequence of lessons to give a grounding in knowledge and skills that allow students to function as effective scientists both now and in the future. As well as preparing them to study science at GCSE and beyond. The course will include:
- How the universe works
- Develop inquisitive natures
- Design and test hypotheses
- Understand and implement health and safety within the laboratory
- Awareness of our responsibility as scientific global citizens
- Discussion of ethical implications
Key Stage 4
Creates a sequence of lessons to build upon the knowledge and skills developed at Key Stage 3. The aim is to effectively prepare students for GCSE assessment at the end of Year 11, as well as equipping them to study the qualification at a higher level. The course will include:
An in depth knowledge of biological concepts including:
- The structure and function of cells
- Variation occurring via sexual and asexual reproduction
- Essential metabolic processes on Earth
- Sustaining life through recycling of substances within ecosystems
An in depth knowledge of chemical concepts including:
- The structure of matter
- Development of scientific theories
- The nature of chemical reactions
- Chemical and physical relationships between substances
An in depth knowledge of physical concepts including:
- The application of mathematical concepts to physical laws
- The understanding of cause and effect
- The use of models to explain both tangible and abstract phenomena