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HONITON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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Science

Science is the systematic study of the nature and behaviour of the material and physical universe, based on observation, experiment, and measurement, and the formulation of laws to describe these facts in general terms.

Key Stage 3

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. 

The intent at KS3:

  • To nurture students to be enquirers and problem solvers.

  • To build on the skills and knowledge of KS2 to allow students to explore the scientific world around them through a range of experiments and investigations.

  • To help students improve scientific working practice and understand the need to critically analyse and evaluate the experimental processes.

Key Stage 4

Science is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be helped to appreciate the achievements of science in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are inter-linked, and which are of universal application.

The intent at KS4:

  • To develop resilience.

  • To build on practical skills to move students further towards complete independence.

  • To develop the content seen at KS3 to deeper and more abstract thinking.

Exam Board: AQA

Key Stage 5

Students can choose to study the following subjects at Post 16:

The intent at KS5:

  • To embed independent scientific working skills

  • To prepare and enthuse students for further scientific careers

  • To encourage students to read and think beyond the curriculum content.

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