A high-quality science education provides the foundation for understanding the world around us. Science teaches an understanding of, and develops a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. It aims to stimulate students to find out why things happen in the way they do and encourages them to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things behave and analyse causes. It teaches our students to work scientifically to stimulate creative thought and understand the nature, processes and methods of science. Students learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way in which science will affect the future on personal, national and global level.
The objectives of teaching science are to enable our students to:
• Work scientifically to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiry that help them to ask and answer scientific questions about the world around them
• Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in the following areas:
– Biology: including plants, animals, habitats, evolution and inheritance
– Chemistry: including everyday materials and their uses, rocks, states of matter and the properties and changes of materials
– Physics: including seasonal changes, light, forces, magnets, sound, electricity and earth and space
– Understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future
The schemes of work for science are carefully planned within a Thematic Approach to Learning (TAL) or, for older students, within a Skills for Life curriculum (SfL). All our science planning ensures that cross-curricular links are made, giving real purpose to learning within the context of a theme. Where links are not valuable, discrete science lessons are planned to ensure key skills and competencies from the National Curriculum programmes of studyor the Edexcel Entry Level for science requirements are covered.
The Iffley Academy uses the new National Curriculum programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 science as the basis of its curriculum planning. Where possible, we include a local context, e.g. trips to Oxford National History Museum, Farmoor reservoir, etc. to ensure a deeper understanding and experience for our students.
In the Tate Modern and Louvre galleries the science programmes of study are identified and taught over a three year rolling programme.
In the Guggenheim gallery science is delivered over a two year rolling programme and the following subjects are covered, leading to Entry Level accreditation:
– Classification and variation
– Changes in humans and plants
– Drugs and bacteria
– The earth, its atmosphere and chemical reaction
– Acids and metals
– Waves and radiation
– Earth and space
– Electricity and energy
The Iffley Academy delivers science by using a variety of teaching and learning styles to meet the needs of all our learners and their specific SEN. Medium and short term plans demonstrate the range of different approaches, e.g. whole class teaching and enquiry-based research activities. Where students participate in activities outside the classroom, risk assessments are carried out prior to the activity to ensure that the activity is safe and appropriate for all pupils.