Our Science curriculum is underpinned by Eastbury’s three core principles:
Excellence - The Science curriculum at Eastbury Community School is designed to develop the skills needed for our students to become successful learners, curious individuals, and confident scientists. At Eastbury, our teaching ethos stems from the idea that all learners have the potential to be scientists of the future. Through practical work, scientific inquiry, and the continuous exploration of vital links between the science curriculum and everyday life, we endeavor to ignite a passion for discovery in our students that will last a lifetime. We educate our students about the importance of future advancements and discoveries to enable them to engage with an increasingly technical world and encourage them to explore the possibility of pursuing a career in science.
Collaboration - Through the exploration of fundamental concepts in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, we encourage our students to analyse data and think critically while exploring socio-scientific themes to uncover the importance and relevance of science in their daily lives. We foster the joy of discovery and promote a collaborative culture of problem-solving while providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to become scientifically literate citizens. Students will develop and employ core science skills and make cross-curricular links that will contribute to a deep and meaningful understanding of ethical and global issues.
Success - Our inclusive curriculum is designed to engage and support so that we can improve the experience, skills, and attainment of every learner. Our teachers use a plethora of strategies and modify lessons accordingly to ensure that all students have access to a broad, balanced, and high-quality education. We believe in the importance of exposing our students to an education that reflects the diversity of the world around them. Alongside teaching of the science curriculum, we use several avenues such as STEM club, cultural events, and Science Week, to expose our students to role models from various cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds who have made significant contributions to science and society. It is important to give our students the opportunity to see influential scientists from diverse backgrounds so that we can convey our belief that they too can become the next successful contributors to our society.
Key Stage 3
At Eastbury, we deliver the key stage 3 curriculum in year 7, 8, and 9. Students will continually study ten key concepts in Science: Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems, and Genes throughout KS3, KS4, and KS5. The information taught in the KS3 curriculum is more general and becomes increasingly specialised throughout the topics in KS4 through to KS5 (Science Curriculum Map).
Key Stage 4
The Science Department at ECS teach the AQA Combined Science Trilogy syllabus and the AQA Separate Science syllabus to our year 10 and year 11 students. Our broad and balanced curriculum is sequenced in a logical order to ensure that our students are building upon prior knowledge as they progress through key stage 4. Topics are revisited and developed with ideas of increasing complexity being introduced at appropriate times. As our students’ progress through a spiral curriculum, they are given the opportunity to develop their understanding in a logical and sequential manner while making links of the commonalities between the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics rather than viewing them as three separate entities. This allows our students to obtain a deeper understanding of the curriculum so they can reach their goals and strive for success in the sciences.