Science

The science curriculum at Aston Fields Middle School is designed to ensure coverage of the national curriculum content, but will more importantly engage pupils’ curiosity and take them on a journey of learning focusing on how to relate scientific ideas and explanations to phenomena in the world around them. It is one which will develop knowledge and understanding in a progressive sequence, so that pupils will move their knowledge and skills from short term to long term memory. A wide range of devices are used to stimulate lines of enquiry and link closely to events happening in the real world, whilst at the same time, carefully sequenced learning ensures that the pupils know more and remember more. The significance and intent of nurturing inquisitive, knowledgeable and practical young scientists has importance in wider society. It underpins fundamental ideas and theories, which affect the future choices made with regard to the environment and technology and how best to use and look after the earth’s resources in the years to come. We believe that pupils at Aston Fields Middle School move onto the next phase of their education with a strong desire to learn more about the world around them.

This learning journey, beginning in KS2, enables pupils to explore and talk about their ideas, investigate their own lines of enquiry in a more systematic way and begin to recognise how these ideas help them to understand and predict how the world operates. The curriculum gives opportunities for pupils to observe changes over different periods of time, identifying patterns, grouping, classifying things and carrying out fair and comparative tests. Reading, spelling and pronouncing key scientific vocabulary accurately is also key a key part of the science curriculum. Working and thinking scientifically, through investigations, is embedded in the learning programme. Teachers are constantly looking for ways to engage pupils in passionate discovery. The acquisition of language and numeracy skills in science is very important and is given high priority across the school.

The learning journey continues in KS3, where the pupils have the opportunity to explore science in purpose built laboratories. Pupils pay increasing attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility. Our pupils develop a wide range of practical skills whilst investigating a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. The connections between these subjects becomes clearer as the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding are identified.  For example, how the specialised features of the small intestine in the digestive system are mirrored in the lungs of the respiratory system. The use of modelling and abstract ideas to develop and explain constantly fuel the learning process. Links to world events are sought and shared in context, to generate passion and objective thinking about the world around them.

The science department is led by Mr Beacock, Director of Subject and Mrs Phillips, Lead Teacher for Science. All staff, who teach science, are passionate about the subject and deliver outstanding lessons in a range of contexts. Teamwork and collaboration across the school enhance the learning for all pupils. This ensures that a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered across all year groups.

Pupils leave Aston Fields Middle School with a deep understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines. They will have experienced a rich and broad curriculum and been able to harness transferable skills whilst developing a passion for learning in science. We closely monitor the progress of pupils using both formative and summative assessments; monitoring of pupil books; reflective planning of lessons; and pupil voice. We believe that pupils’ experiences in science will prepare them academically and practically for lifelong learning about the world around them.

Overview of curriculum topics

Year 5

  • Earth and Space
  • Forces
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Animals, including humans

Year 6

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Electricity
  • Animals, including humans
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Light
YEAR GROUP      

Year 7

Chemistry

Particles and their behaviour

Elements, atoms and compounds

Reactions

Acids and alkalis

Physics

Forces

Sound

Light

Space

Biology

Cells

Structure and function of body systems

Reproduction

Year 8

Biology

Health and lifestyle

Ecosystem processes

Adaption and inheritance 

Physics

Electricity and magnetism

Energy

Motion and pressure

Chemistry

The Periodic table

Separation techniques

Metals and acids

The Earth

 

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