Science aims to make scientists of the future. We will equip our young people with the understanding necessary to make informed decisions about scientific developments that affect their lives. We will motivate the next generation of scientists and helps others to move into careers that draw upon scientific skills. Through the study of science, we enable our students to interpret, compare and evaluate effectively.
Science provides an opportunity to explore, investigate, and experiment many of the key principles of life on our planet. By engaging with core ideas about how life on earth is possible and thrives, to understanding the power of forces and chemical reactions, students get to appreciate the key discoveries and current developments of the scientific community. Experimentation, observation, and testing of hypotheses provide practical opportunities which are distinct to science.
How do we ensure academic rigour in our science curriculum?
- The science curriculum provides regular opportunities to revisit and build on prior knowledge covering the core principles of biology, chemistry and physics.
- Students are explicitly taught skills such as communication, observation, prediction, and inference, which are needed in order to understand and address questions. These skills empower students and allow them to thrive and achieve.
- Students are taught to understand the successful application of key principles of science including experimentation, evaluation, the application of formulas, and the interpretation of data.
How do we nurture and develop our students through our science curriculum?
- Problem solving, teamwork, investigative skills and the ability to analyse information for accuracy and understanding are all vital for adult life. Students will develop these skills throughout their five years allowing them to grow into independent learners and reflective thinkers who seek explanations about how the world works.
- Students have many opportunities to learn, practise and improve their communication skills in preparation for their future. They will learn about the importance of using scientific terminology, as well as building their communication skills through small group work, practical work and class presentations.
How do we promote social action and courageous advocacy through our science curriculum?
- Passing on our love and appreciation of science by being dedicated and passionate about our subject to share current issues and debates within the discipline.
- Encouraging students able to think independently and be able to critically evaluate information so that they can make sense of conflicting and incorrect information often found on social media and in the news.
- Students will learn about the importance of caring for our environment, why science alone can’t provide all the answers to certain questions and how they can help make the world a better place.