Key Stage 4 Science Curriculum Intent

Our core purpose at Key Stage 4 is to deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum through outstanding teaching and learning. The Key Stage 4 Science curriculum deepens scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas in the subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The pupils are given opportunities to acquire the knowledge to enable them to develop curiosity about the world they live in, insight into working scientifically, appreciate the role of science in their everyday lives and to have the best possible outcomes in their GCSE examinations. 

For some of our students, studying Science in Key Stage 4 provides the foundation for more advanced studies, establishing the scaffold for a wide range of careers. For all pupils we intend to instil an understanding of the natural world and prepare them for life in an increasingly technological society. All students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Key ideas include:

  • The use of conceptual models and theories to make sense of the observed diversity of natural phenomena;

  • The assumption that every effect has one or more cause;

  • That change is driven by interactions between different objects and systems;

  • That many such interactions occur over a distance and over time;

  • That science progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review;

  • That quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods of inquiry;

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics;

  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiry that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them;

  • Develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry, problem-solving skills and mathematical skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other environments;

  • Develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

The Key Stage 4 curriculum comprises approximately equal proportions of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Relevant mathematical skills required are covered in the programme of study and are embedded in the science context. ‘Working scientifically’ is also embedded in each programme of study and is clearly related to the science content.

Key Stage 4 - Science Overview

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