A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.
Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Science at New Forest School is very practical based and guidelines from CLEAPSS on the use of chemicals are strictly followed by all staff. Some experiments are done as demonstrations behind a safety screen to ensure the safety of the pupils at all times.
Key Stage 3: Science is delivered by subject specialists and given a high priority with the majority of students receiving 3 dedicated Science lesson per week. Key Stage 4: Students receive 3 dedicated Science lessons, delivered by subject specialists.
We have also introduced STEM lessons for some students to further their science curriculum and link with other key subjects.
The curriculum map for English (topics taught by term/year) can downloaded in .pdf format
Depending on ability, students have the opportunity to undertake the following, nationally recognised, qualifications:
Entry Level Certificate in Science: Level 1- Level 3
BTEC Science: Level 1 – Level 2
GCSE Science: Foundation or Higher
Students benefit from a well equipped Science Lab for all their lessons which includes practical work stations, a PC per student, digital projector and sound system. All students also have access to an iPad.
Science for Key Stage 3 books: A series of books from Oxford University Press. Kerboodle Online Learning Environment: For use by teachers and students within school AQA Higher and Foundation Text books: Used within GCSE lessons.