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Learning to drive a dumper truck at Bring it On! engineering exhibition

Curriculum Intent

It is our intention at GEMS to encourage all young people to have a lifelong curiosity and interest in the sciences. When planning for the science curriculum, we intend for children to have the opportunity, wherever possible, to learn through investigation and discovery, leading to them becoming equipped for life to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them.   

As children progress through the year groups, they build on their skills in working scientifically, as well as on their scientific knowledge, as they develop greater independence in planning and carrying out fair and comparative tests to answer a range of scientific questions.   

Each topic is designed to not only fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum, but also looks towards to the new GCSEs, helping to lay secure foundations for work in Years 9, 10 and 11. The combination of theory and practical tasks help children to consolidate and retain the science knowledge they have learnt and reinforce key scientific vocabulary from each topic. Our aim is to give all children a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and an understanding of the uses and implications of Science today and for the future.  

GEMS Science schemes of work ensure that children have a varied, progressive and well-mapped-out science curriculum that provides the opportunity for progression across the full breadth of the science national curriculum for KS2 and KS3.  

In upper Key Stage 2, structured science lessons allow pupils to develop a deeper understanding of scientific ideas and theories. Pupils are encouraged to ask questions, explore their ideas and discuss their findings. The scheme of work develops practical investigative skills, stimulating and challenging all pupils to reach their full potential. 

Teaching and learning in Key Stage 3 focusses around the three separate sciences - biology, chemistry and physics. The programme of study helps pupils form connections between these subject areas and become aware of the links between science and other subjects through scientific knowledge and understanding. Pupils will continue to build on the foundation they have created in upper key stage 2 to develop their own understanding of how science affects the constantly changing and developing world around them. 

How students are supported in Science

The design and structure of science lessons allows all children, regardless of ability to access the curriculum. Science can be a challenging subject and varieties of methods used to support learners. This can take the form of one-to-one support in lessons, scaffolding for written work and support in practical tasks from peers and staff. 

CGP revision guides (KS2 & KS3)

BBC bitesize learning www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Frogplay www.frogplay.net/my/login

Educake www.educake.co.uk

 

Assessment

After every topic, pupils will complete a review to highlight any areas that require further study. At the end of each school term, a final assessment is taken; this data is used to highlight any areas for further development.   

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Science club – runs every Tuesday lunchtime. 
  • Scifair 2021 – An opportunity for pupils in year 7 and 8 to submit their own scientific investigations and ideas in a competition run by Newcastle University. 
  • GEMS Science Fair – coming soon! A school-run version open to all pupils - to be held during British science week March 2022. 
  • British Science Week – celebrating science innovation and discovery, to be held between the 11th and 20th March 2022. The theme will be ‘Growth’, for more information, visit https://www.britishscienceweek.org/ 

Curriculum Overview

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 5

Safety

Changes of State

Simple Separation

Materials

Reversible/Irreversible Processes

Earth Science

Earth and Space

Simple Electricity

Life Cycles

Living Things and Habitats

Animal Classifications

Food Webs

Year 6

Safety

Bunsen Burners

Complex Separating

Dissolving

Chemical Composition of the Earth

Forces

Light

Life Processes

Adaptation

Variation

Evolution

Year 7

Safety

Heating and Cooling

Energy

Earth and Space

 

Particle Model of solids, liquids and gases

Acids and Alkalis

 

Body Systems and Organs

Cells and Microscope

Photosynthesis

Respiration

Year 8

Safety

Forces

Energy

Electricity

 

Chemistry

Atoms and Elements

Compounds and Mixtures

Reproduction and Genetics

Food and Digestion

The Heart and Circulation