Science

Intent:

Science at Fosse Way School will develop pupils’ curiosity in relation to themselves and the world around them. Science provides an excellent vehicle for looking at the wider world and seeing how we as individuals fit within, building upon our experiences in everyday life and developing a curious, enquiring mind. Science encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills which will benefit pupils’ lives both in and out of the classroom. At Fosse Way School, we hope to inspire pupils to widen their horizons by stimulating a deep curiosity of how things work and equipping them with the know-how of how to find out.   

As pupils progress through the Fosse Way learning pathways, they will develop secure scientific knowledge which they use to accurately describe and explain the physical world. Their science learning will develop a natural curiosity of themselves, encourage respect for living organisms and the physical environment, and provide opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. They will be able to ask questions, make predictions, and test hypothesis in a variety of ways, and explain how science has shaped our understanding of the world in the past, in the present and how it will continue to do so in the future.  

 

Implementation:

Scientific knowledge and skills are developed over time through enquiry-based thematic spiral curricula and delivered using the pedagogical principles for science. Teachers use well thought through science curricula to plan and deliver engaging enquiry-based lessons suitable for whatever pathway the students are following. Adaptive approaches are used to ensure the needs of all learners are met. 

Pupils following the Turing pathway have science embedded throughout the Exploring  

Independence curricular with overarching aim of preparing students for adulthood. Turing pathway teachers tailor the curriculum to the student’s individual needs and ensure that pupils have enriching experiences of the world through well-considered sensual activities. 

Scientific enquiry forms the backbone of the science curriculum throughout all key stages for students following the Hawking and Keller pathways. Developing an enquiring mind upholds the Fosse Way core principle of preparing our pupils for success in adulthood. As children develop their curiosity for how the world around them works, they will improve their scientific knowledge leading to academic success, to at least Entry Level and in some cases to GCSE. Scientific vocabulary will be discretely taught, and key vocabulary will be used across the wider curriculum. 

Progression will be regularly assessed against the lesson and curriculum outcomes. Assessment will inform future planning and teachers will ensure that pupils have secure understanding before progressing to higher level outcomes. Progression will be recorded using the BSquared assessment package and specific outcomes will be highlighted on the curriculum long term planning documents., 

Teachers are encouraged to take their learning outside of the classroom and engage pupils’ scientific interests during trips or other on-site activities. Cross-curricular, project-based activities are encouraged and engagement with national events such British Science Week and the Great Big Green Week will be coordinated by the science leads.  

Targeted CPD will be delivered throughout the academic year to ensure that teachers are best equipped with the skills and resources to deliver science and that the pedagogical principles for science are upheld. 

Impact:

Success at Fosse Way School will result in a fun, engaging, high-quality science education, that provides children with the foundation for understanding the world we live in. Engagement with science lessons will be good and evidence of the enquiry-based curriculum will be evident across the wider community through improved problem solving and questioning skills. 

Science can contribute to developing resilience as pupils learn that in science a wrong answer is often just as important as a correct one. Science enables pupils to have the knowledge to make critical judgements in their lives. It also supports the learning of skills to critically analyse information. Science encourages curiosity and a passion for understanding and taking care of our world. Furthermore, the curriculum helps prepare students for independent living as they learn about dangers found in the environments around them and nurture positive relationships and a sense of caring for the environment and the wider world. 

 

Careers:

Scientific study has a key role in helping pupils at Fosse Way school secure employment when they leave education. Through the enquiry-based curriculum they will become critical thinkers and have the confidence and experience to solve problems and ask probing questions. They will develop good presentation skills and secure, relevant knowledge of the wider world that will spark an inner curiosity to find out more. 

During whole school events such as British Science Week and through trips to events like the Big Bang Fair and exhibitions like We Are Curious, students will learn about a vast range of careers that STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects can lead too. 

Each year, some of our Post 16 students go on to study at our Project SEARCH site at the RUH Hospital in Bath where they complete three work-based internships over the year. Many of the internships are in scientific settings within the hospital and require STEM skills. These include working with the pharmacy robot and in the sterile services department.