Science (Double Award)

Science Subject Policy

Importance & Aim:

The study of science fires pupil’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change-affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues. That may affect their lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

Curriculum:

Teaching of science at LoK is broadly in accordance with the national curriculum schemes of work.

Broadly the subject covers 4 areas:

1.   Biology- helps explore various organisms from simple microbes to complex Humans and of course plants.
2.  Chemistry- helps explore materials and their properties.
3.  Physics- this is all about energy and forces.
4.  Investigative Skills- helps take basic curiosity to another level and develop skills needed to ask and answer some simple to complex questions that nature poses to us.

Assessment methods:

Each of the above area is assessed using a variety of methods some of which are formative (continuous) e.g. in class feedback of answers, questioning in lessons, class work, homework, etc. Some methods are summative e.g. half yearly tests, end of year tests, etc.
Pupils take public exams (GCSE) for core and additional science (two GCSEs) during KS4 (Years 10 and 11). Some pupils are given the opportunity to take up triple science which gives them one additional GCSE.

Out of class learning:

Educational trips are organised for external learning to a variety of places. Some of the possible trip destinations include; BMW mini production plant, Science museum, IMAX theatre, Royal Observatory, Epping Forest.

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