The key element of our teaching at key Stage 3 is scientific enquiry and giving pupils the opportunity to develop the practical skills that are so important in science.
This also enables progress from Key Stage 2 during which time the students have covered the 5 main areas of scientific enquiry of:
- Identifying and classifying
Observation over time
We embed the above as we teach the scientific content which covers aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught over two and half years. As well as improving practical scientific skills our teaching gives opportunities for the pupils to develop literacy skills as they read texts and write about their ideas, conclusions and explanations. Their mathematical skills are also developed during experimental work e.g. when calculating averages from their experimental results and when doing calculations, e.g. speed, energy in foods, gas lost during a chemical reaction. Our variety of teaching methods and homework activities enliven the curriculum and our students enjoy their science lessons and the opportunities they have to enrich their learning and experiences.
During Key Stage 3 formative and summative assessments take place with intervention put in place to support students as necessary. The end of Key Stage 3 is marked with an end of Key Stage exam.