Science Curriculum Overview
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie
Being part of the Academy Transformation Trust family, we ensure our curriculum is ambitious and enjoyable through knowledge and skills developed throughout their time at Bristnall Hall. It is inclusive and knowledge rich and it is broad in terms of coverage and (at least) encompassing the breadth of the 2014 English National Curriculum. We ensure it meets the needs of our students and helps to develop character, personal pride and the highest moral standards.
Our science curriculum ensures learners gain the foundations in skills and knowledge that will enable them to understand the scientific aspects of the world around them and make informed decisions about the applications of science. For some, studying the sciences will provide the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For others, it will provide the foundations for understanding the world around us and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society, regardless of their career choice.
For this understanding, our young people need learning experiences that are interesting and engaging as well as seen as relevant to their lives. This is achieved through high quality practical work that will help to develop their curiosity and high-quality teaching that will engage students with exciting examples of applications of science in the real world. This also help to develop resilience and independence in learners.
Our curriculum follows the National programmes of study at both KS3 and KS4. As a result, our curriculum intends to:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through scientific investigation
- equip learners with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Our curriculum is structured so that the ‘big ideas in science’ (ASE 2015) run throughout their studies and that knowledge and skills are re-visited and built on through their five years at Bristnall Hall Academy. It is inclusive – it takes account of the starting point of our learners and as students’ progress through science, we understand that some students may require more support and therefore adjust our curriculum accordingly. Students will study the three disciplines of science during each term at KS3 and in longer rotations at KS4 to ensure they get a good depth and breadth of science education each year.
- Dr C Juarez (Area Leader)
- Mr C Wheelwright (Deputy Area Leader)
- Mrs A Sidhu (KS3 Leader)
- Miss S Lee (Lead Practitioner)
- Miss F Hadlington (STEM and Transition Leader)
- Mr A Liddle
- Mr K Patel
- Mr H Abbas
- Mr J Gill
- Mr J Grainger
Useful websites/resources for students and parents
- PowerPoints and resources on the Bristnall Hall Academy Science SharePoint area: https://bristnallhallacademy.sharepoint.com/sites/subjects/Sc/SitePages/Welcome.aspx