Science

AFMS Science Department

 

Welcome To KS3 Science - Miss McNamara - Director of Science

 


Curriculum

Intent

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. Our intent is to nurture inquisitive, knowledgeable and practical young scientists.

At Aston Fields Middle School we aim to ensure all pupils:

● Leave Aston Fields Middle School with a fundamental understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines and an ability to apply this to more complex phenomena over time.
● 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.
● Develop a wide range of practical skills whilst investigating scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
● Pay increasing attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility.
● Have the ability to make connections between the subjects as the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding are identified.
● Apply their numerical understanding to scientific problems and read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary accurately.
● Are prepared academically and practically for lifelong learning about the world around them.
● Experience a range of extracurricular events and workshops which increase cultural capital and preparedness for the world beyond school.

 Implementation

All pupils have access to a broad and balanced science curriculum as shown during lesson observations, learning walks and work scrutiny.

The pupils are provided with

● A sequenced scheme of learning that builds across the year groups incorporating opportunities for recall and embedding of knowledge within and across the disciplines.
● Challenge questions at the beginning of lessons which are used to revisit ideas and concepts and apply knowledge to new areas of learning.
● Challenging practical investigations that progressively develop high expectations of ‘working scientifically’ and their knowledge and control of variables.
● Opportunities to be curious follow their own line of enquiry, make predictions based on previous learning and then to be precise and accurate in measurement.
● Research opportunities using a range of media whereby scientific phenomena and the scientists that discovered them can be looked at in greater depth.
● Purpose built laboratories where experimental work can be carried out in an objective and systematic way.
● Opportunities to observe modelling of scientific explanations and write them, where scientific vocabulary is used with accuracy and precision.
● Encouragement to engage with science in the real world as events happen that impact on their lives and futures.
● Opportunities to revisit their learning and embed knowledge and skills into their long term memory using creative and formal techniques.
● High expectations of written and numerical work in their science books and creativity and imagination homework.

Teachers work closely together in their year teams and key stages to ensure that there is consistency across and between the classes. Best practice is shared in department meetings which supports CPD and teachers are always looking for ways to engage learners more and excite their curiosity.
Assessment is used to inform planning and it also gives the opportunity to embed learning as revision and creative ways are used to help learners know more and remember more.
Work scrutiny helps us to see that the curriculum is being implemented as intended.

Impact

Pupils leave Aston Fields Middle School with a wealth of knowledge about the world around them and with a broad range of skills and knowledge which will enable them to flourish in their final year of KS3 and into KS4. We pride ourselves on knowing that our pupils are passionate about science and that they understand the importance of working scientifically, using their numerical and explanatory skills to explain findings and know how to collaborate effectively to achieve valid outcomes.

We ensure that our pupils’ attainment is in line, or exceeds their potential. We measure the impact using formative and summative assessment which informs planning. The monitoring of pupils’ books, communication between teachers and the adjustment of lessons to suit individual and group needs ensures that our pupils learn more and remember more and are academically prepared for life after middle school.

Attainment and Progress

Pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points and to when they leave Aston Fields Middle School, achieving significantly above national averages. Disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and disabilities make even more significant progress. We are proud that all pupils consistently perform well having experienced a challenging and broad curriculum. 

Science homework will be set weekly; this will consist of work on Century Tech, revision for assessments or more detailed creative projects.

Overview of curriculum topics

 

Term Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Autumn  Earth and Space
Forces
Classification
Electricity
Particles
Chemical
Reactions
Health and Lifestyle
The Periodic Table
Spring Spring Forces contd
Materials
Living things and Habitats
Electricity continued
Animals including humans
Forces and Motion
Waves
Cells
Electricity and Magnetism
Metals and Acids
Summer Living Things contd
Animals including humans
Evolution and Inheritance
Light
Body Systems
Reproduction
Acids and Alkalis
Space
Energy
Ecosystems and Adaptation
The Earth