“The Science department at Moreton School is a dedicated and skilled team that strives for excellence across an exciting curriculum. We aim to develop a sense of awe and wonder in our students with an understanding of the world around them. By offering a knowledge-rich curriculum, we aim to provide students with the best possible life chances.” – Moreton’s Science Department.
KS3 Curriculum – Science
At KS3, students are initially exposed to the challenges of working in a Scientific environment with skills-based knowledge developed including safety in the laboratory, equipment/scientific drawing, Bunsen burners, the world of microscopes, measurements, variables, observations and methods. After studying this unit, students are provided with a Lab License to set them on their knowledge pathway. In the Autumn term, they then go onto explore units across the three Science areas of Physics, Chemistry and Biology including: animal and plant cells, different forms of energy, states of matter, changes of state, solutions, distillation and chromatography, tissues, organs and organ systems, healthy diet, deficiency diseases, and speed amongst other areas.
In year 8, students are challenged further with their knowledge of the Periodic table put to the test. They are also given time to explore how the human body works with units including puberty and the reproductive system. With extremely relevant cultural link units such as studies into the Earth’s atmosphere and Ecology, students journey through KS3 with curiosity and an ability to question the world in which they live.
The team also run extra-curricular activities such as our popular Science Club. Run after school, students have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice further and run a variety of experiments along the way.
KS4 Curriculum – Science
Science offer a knowledge-rich curriculum that sequentially builds on their previous KS3 knowledge and develops their skills and abilities in the subject.
At KS4, pupils can select from either the Triple Science pathway or a Combined Science pathway. The Triple Science pathway involves studying each of the 3 sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics to a deeper level than Combined Science. Triple Science results in 3 separate GCSE qualifications and Combined Science awards 2 GCSE qualifications.
Both Pathways involve pupils conducting a series of Required Practicals – these are assessed within the final GCSE examinations. Each unit has a knowledge book and organiser to ensure that students have opportunities to access the exciting challenges the subject has to offer. There are also wider cross-curricular links with other departments such as Maths to strengthen their transferable skills.
Head of Science
Mr Sidhu is Head of Science at Moreton School