Curriculum
Science

Intent

The intent of the science curriculum at St Luke’s C of E School is to develop science students that are passionate, engaged, proficient, curious and enthusiastic about science and that: 

  • take responsibility to develop a strong knowledge and understanding of scientific phenomena
  • are able to apply their knowledge to a range of different scenarios
  • achieve their best through effectively communicating science, both written and orally
  • become strong readers in science, so they can access texts outside of the curriculum
  • have the choice of studying science beyond GCSE by achieving their best
  • use specialist terminology with confidence, accurately and precisely, building up an extended science specific vocabulary
  • have embedded practical skills which allow them to demonstrate their understanding and achieve their best in this element
  • can apply their mathematical knowledge to science and achieve their best in this element
  • have enrichment opportunities that are inclusive and develop curiosity, awe and wonder
  • have opportunities to develop the skills needed to be successful in our modern innovative society (STEM) and inspire hope for the future
  • are able show respect for opposing arguments, in order to evaluate and question the validity of the science presented to them

take responsibility to develop the resilience and independence needed to make progress in their studies

Implementation

The intent of our curriculum is implemented through: 

  • Developing substantive knowledge – studying a range of big picture topics that include the key facts, concepts and phenomena that are essential to a good grounding in science
  • Developing disciplinary knowledge – practical skills enabling students to know about how scientists work and how science knowledge is created, verified and tested

Application of knowledge – be able to apply the knowledge gained to new and varied scenarios and evaluate what is presented

Impact

The Impact of our curriculum will be:

  • that an increasing number of students go on to study science in further education
  • that students achieve their full potential and are successful in science
  • that St Luke’s students contribute to local, regional and national science agendas, events and strategies
  • that students have a full understanding of the role that science plays in the world and its potential for solving a number of global problems

that students have a thorough understanding of science and its place in the world; past present and in the future

The big questions

The big questions posed by our curriculum are:

  • What is life?
  • What is matter?
  • Where did energy come from?
  • What is meant by good health?
  • Should fossil fuels be banned in developing countries?
  • Why do icebergs float?
  • Do plants breathe?
  • What’s inside an atom?
  • What is time?
  • Are humans still evolving?
  • Are moles alive?
  • Is all radiation dangerous?
  • Are teenagers at the mercy of their hormones?
  • Does global warming exist?
5 Year Plan

St Luke’s is a wonderful place.
A school full of staff who are dedicated to improving the life chances of every student that attends the school.

Kealey Sherwood, Headteacher