The science curriculum at Lees Brook Academy has been designed to provide students with a breadth and depth of knowledge of scientific concepts that impact them as individuals within a local and globalised context. Through curiosity and investigative skills, we enable our students to be scientifically literate citizens contributing to scientific debates affecting their everyday lives. Furthermore our curriculum provides a platform for students who wish to pursue more advanced scientific study, leading to a wide range of career opportunities. The key principles underlying our curriculum are:
- A knowledge rich curriculum
- The effective use of models to explain scientific concepts
- Retrieval of knowledge over time
- Clear teacher instruction
- The development of scientific skills
- The use of academic and scientific language
- Clear connections between different topics and subjects
Key Stage 3
Students follow a curriculum that matches the National Curriculum for science using a clear strand-based approach, which builds on students’ understanding from Key Stage 2 and leads into the knowledge required for Key Stage 4. A core aspect of the Key Stage 3 experience is the development of practical skills, which are modelled for students to develop their skills of enquiry and working scientifically.
Key Stage 4
Students experience a wide range of new topics and skills at Key Stage 4, whilst following the AQA course for either Combined Science (Trilogy) or the 3 separate sciences. Each topic at Key Stage 4 is linked to knowledge and understanding gained at Key Stage 3, with further links made to study science at post-16 and/or enter the world of work.