Team Science want our students to leave as inquisitive about the world around them and have an appreciation of how science is relevant to their everyday lives. We want our students to be knowledgeable so that they can make logically informed decisions about science that may affect them in the future. Finally, we want our students to enjoy their learning in science; hopefully some will choose to pursue science beyond Crispin!
To reach our aims the Team help grow self-regulated students, who have developed strategies to improve their resilience, competence and confidence in all aspects of science. Therefore, we start modelling and developing self –regulation strategies alongside the topics. For example, students are encouraged to take more responsibility in their learning, identifying strengths and weaknesses, with teachers modelling how to do this and how to tackle these. Teachers explicitly model their thinking to help students develop self-reflection.
Our curriculum builds an understanding of key scientific knowledge from year 7 through to year 11. Topics are taught in an order to build and deepen knowledge so that students are able to apply this knowledge. This learning is intertwined with developing scientific skills through relevant practical investigations.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8, we focus on developing a solid understanding of key scientific knowledge broken down into topics. Students study a structured mix of biology, chemistry, and physics throughout each year. We actively make links between the sciences other areas of the curriculum. We also want our students to think hard so link their learning to the real world and science in the news.
In year 9, we focus on developing a deeper understanding of fundamental knowledge across biology, chemistry and physics, like cell biology, energy (physics) and states of matter (chemistry) which students first studied in years 7 and 8. Students develop strategies to help acquire and embed this understanding into their long term memory. They also undertake more complex practical investigations, becoming more competent and confident in their skills, alongside the learning of new scientific knowledge.
Key Stage 4
From year 10, students continue to build upon their understanding of key scientific knowledge. This base knowledge is then applied to practical investigations and unfamiliar, real-life scenarios. Students are introduced to new topics, and into year 11, study more everyday applications of science in addition to learning about new technologies. Students’ competency and resilience continues to grow with the science team continuing to model strategies to support student self-regulation.
Outside the Classroom
Team Science offer learning experiences outside of the classroom to build curiosity and a wider understanding of science in our lives. One way we do this is by offering science activities through the enrichment programme. Previous activities have been varied and included; robotics, chemistry, habitats, gardening and first aid! This academic year we are looking to continue work from our science activities during Enrichment Week in July 2022 to include sessions that link to the local environment, challenges faced, our role and how we can help in the Crispin and wider community.
Other experiences include trips, visits and competitions. In July 2022 a dedicated group of KS3 students took part in a VEX Engineering Competition focusing on robotics at Colyton Grammar School in Devon. In June 2022 students took part in STEM and careers activities at Strode College. In February 2022 we welcomed the World of Work to our year 10 students. Students met numerous people with different careers in Physics and were shown practical applications of the content from our lessons and how it is used every day in their jobs. Both of these experiences broaden perspectives of our students and where science could take them. We therefore build examples of careers into our science curriculum at KS3 and 4. We have been proud over the years to have many students who study science beyond Crispin with some of our students studying at Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Cardiff and Kings College universities.
Team Science are not just teachers. We play a full and enthusiastic role in school life, as tutors, participating in different school trips, and whole school activities such as the 'Crispmas Show' and House Competitions.
Last Updated: September 2022