Science

Science

Faculty Leader: Miss E Jones

At Friars, Science continues to be a subject that appeals to a wide ability range of students, its practical nature and inherent “wonder” encourages the use of imagination, verbal contribution and promotes good behaviour because the students want to see “what happens next”.

At Friars, Science continues to be a subject that appeals to a wide ability range of students, its practical nature and inherent “awe and wonder” encourages the use of imagination, promotes good safe behaviour because the students want to see “what happens next”.

Learning safely in the lab is a valuable experience for all students at the school. Students feel comfortable in the lab as well as daring to stretch their skills, knowledge and confidence in science. Learning from investigations and “trying things out” within a safe and secure environment develops their greater understanding of the world around them and promotes increased self-esteem. Science at Friars contributes much to “educating the whole child”.

Educational Aims and Principles
The aim for Friars Academy is to provide a curriculum which is challenging, interesting and enjoyable, fostering a desire to learn.

Science at Friars.
The Curriculum:

KS3 Science.

  • Students follow the new science curriculum from Sept 2016
  • Study Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Improve their scientific enquiry through investigation.

KS4 Science.

  • Students follow the new OCR Science Entry level course from Sept 2016
    • Biology topics include the human body, plants and the environment.
    • Chemistry topics include chemical reactions, elements mixtures and compounds and the Earth and atmosphere.
    • Physics topics include forces, electricity, magnetism and light.
  • Improve their scientific enquiry through investigation.

In addition, science teaching at Friars Academy aims to support cross-curricular skills:

  • to aid language development
  • to aid the development of literacy and numeracy skills
  • to help pupils to follow instructions and to work systematically
  • to make a contribution to the development of information technology capability
  • to help pupils to learn to work co-operatively with others

The rigour of safety procedures and scientific method provide an environment where the students learn to feel comfortable in as well as daring to stretch their skills, knowledge and confidence. Learning from mistakes and trying again with greater understanding is key in many of the investigations we perform at Friars. Science at Friars continues to succeed on many levels and so contributes much to “educating the whole child”.

Educational Aims and Principles
The aim for Friars Academy is to provide a curriculum which is challenging, interesting and enjoyable, fostering a desire to learn.

 

Special Educational Needs
All pupils at Friars Academy have a statement of special educational needs.

The coursework for science is matched to the National Curriculum Programme for the pupil’s key stage as far as possible and is taught in ways appropriate to the pupil’s ability. Some material has been selected from earlier key stages where it is thought necessary, to enable pupils to progress and demonstrate achievement.

The Friars Academy Programme of Study is intended to provide breadth and balance of experience. There is built-in progression of knowledge, understanding and skills but also the opportunity of reinforcement for those pupils who need to work at a slower pace.

For some pupils, including those with severe learning difficulties, alternative coursework of a more limited nature is required. Breadth and balance of experience remains important and areas of study will complement those covered in the main programme.

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