In science we believe that science has something to offer every student and suits students of all abilities and aspirations.We believe that all students are able to gain at least two good GCSEs and that all students are able to embark on KS5 courses that suit their needs. In order to achieve this, the curriculum is broad and balanced and science is contextualised. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this. Science is a set of ideas about the material world and we encourage the development of knowledge and understanding in science through opportunities for working scientifically that engage and enthuse students. Students engage in a wide variety of practical experiences both in the laboratory and outside in the environment. This ranges from practicing simple practical procedures to carrying out their own investigation work. In engaging in these activities all students are encouraged to develop their imagination and understanding by applying scientific understanding to observed phenomena.

Curriculum Intention:

  • To equip students with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
  • To allow students to develop and embed knowledge that can be built upon through skills based opportunities.
  • To highlight the importance of STEM and STEM careers so students can make informed decisions and gain access to the next stage of work life after education.
  • Develop investigation skills so students can confidently demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of designing, carrying out and evaluating scientific investigations.
  • Allow students to see science in context to the wider world and provide opportunities for students to explore science outside of the day to day teaching.
  • Provide enrichment opportunities for students, encouraging STEM subjects in all year groups to fulfil their academic and vocational potential.
  • Encourage, enthuse and develop students’ appreciation of Science.
  • Challenge and engage students’ minds and guide them to the top of their mountain.

Curriculum Implementation:

See Curriculum Map below

Curriculum Impact:

St Aidan’s Catholic Academy considers the greatest impact of the curriculum to be high rates of pupil progress. 

Progress in:

  1. Ability to think independently and can overcome challenges
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the curriculum key concepts
  3. Development of socio-scientific discussions
  4. Drawing conclusions and questioning the scientific world around them
  5. Evaluating practices and procedures
  6. Use of mathematical skills applied to scientific phenomena
  7. Development of the enquiring mind and inherent inquisitive nature to discover and explain patterns
  8. Understand how to access the appropriate next stages in education, training or work life.

Curriculum Map


Course information

GCSE Course Information Science



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