Science

Science

General:

At Aspire, Science is taught at KS2, 3 and 4. We offer a range of science courses to reflect the needs, interests and aspirations of our students.  We favour a tiered approach to accreditation: at KS4, starting from Entry Level Certificate and moving through to GCSE for our most able students.

Subject rationale:

Science provides an excellent vehicle for looking at the world, building upon each student's experiences in everyday life.  Science is an essential part of a broad and balanced curriculum and gives students many of the skills and qualities essential for future employment.

Subject aims:

To inspire curiosity and promote interest in the contemporary world.  The aim is to enable students to understand the significant impact that science, technology and engineering has in their everyday lives and engage with the subject through this.  We hope to contribute towards widening student's horizons and their understanding of how things work in the world about them.  

Teaching methods:

Student's scientific knowledge will be developed using a skills based approach through which we want them to expand their curiosity and awareness. Presentations, worksheets, interactive games and quizzes and practical tasks and activities are all favoured over traditional text book methods.

Structure of the courses:

KS3 – Science is taught in mixed ability groups with all classes being supported by a dedicated HLTA. The revised National Curriculum is used as a framework to inform teaching, with priority given to topics deemed relevant to the students that make up a given cohort.

KS4 – Year 10 and 11 are taught separately – but based on ability, all students currently follow either the AQA Entry Level Certificate Science or AQA GCSE Science A Specifications. At present, accreditation for both courses is comprised of a mixture of coursework and exam based assessment. Again HLTA support is available for each group.

Trips/Visits:

An annual trip to the Airbus sponsored Teen Tech West event has proved successful in promoting engagement and a hands on approach to science, technology and engineering. Other trips to @Bristol, Bristol Zoo and Fleet Air Museum have also been planned into the wider science curriculum.