Science Overview

The National Curriculum Programme of Study for Science (2007) provides the rationale for the importance of science in firing pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them. A combination of experimentation, modelling and creative thought are used to encourage students to learn how knowledge and understanding are rooted in evidence .

Science at Penkford School is delivered by a subject specialist teacher and a teaching assistant  who fulfils a dual role of science technician and learning support.  The goal is to promote independence and self confidence whilst providing an appropriate level of support and guidance.

A well-equipped laboratory facilitates a wide range of practical experiments and activities which enable learners to develop and evaluate  explanations of scientific phenomena.

Key Stage 2, pupils follow ‘Exploring Science’ which is based  on the  QCA scheme of work for primary science. During Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9), core themes in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are combined  with ‘AQA Entry Level Science’.  This approach enables learners  to attain a Nationally recognised qualification  by the end of the Key Stage.

The Science department is proud of its success at GCSE level. Several candidates have achieved  grade ‘C’ and this year the first ever ‘B’ grade was awarded from ‘OCR’ 21st Century Science examination board.

All learning styles  are accommodated via a multi-sensory approach, this ensures that learners are able to access the curriculum in their preferred  learning style.

The vision of the Science department is to further personalise learning by offering the BTEC applied science qualification to students for whom formal examinations are a barrier to success. Also for those students who are able to begin the GCSE programme in Year 9, an additional GCSE Science qualification  in Biology could be a realistic option.

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