Science at St. Luke’s is all about stimulating curiosity. We’ll be asking BIG questions that are relevant to both our student’s education and to their lives – and then working together to discover the answers. Through our practical, enquiry-led curriculum, science lessons cover a broad range of challenging content taking in three major fields of science – Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
At St. Luke’s we believe that science lessons aren’t just about learning facts and figures. We place a great deal of importance on the development of our student’s Working Scientifically skills in order that they can develop into inquisitive, analytical and practically adept scientists. Through our curriculum, we ensure opportunities for students to develop as both independent learners and effective team members, and encourage them to reflect on their own progress to develop the resilience they need to succeed.
Science lessons also provide us with fantastic opportunities to address literacy, place students mathematical skills in context and to use ICT when researching, recording and analysing our practical work. The assessment of student progress also involves investigating the big ideas and exam practice, where students get the chance to apply the planning, time management and organisational skills they develop throughout the year.
We firmly believe that science lessons should not be confined to the classroom. As well utilising the excellent space and resources offered by our entire college site, students have the opportunity to participate in a range of science enrichment opportunities including STEMfest at the National Marine Aquarium, the Big Bang Fair in Exeter, GCSE Science Live! and the hugely successful ‘Science Spectacular’ event during Curriculum Enrichment Week. Our young scientists will also be encouraged to get involved with science clubs, astronomy activities and science photography competitions, along with special events like British Science Week and visits from the Space Odessey Planetarium.