At Saint Paul’s Academy the central aim of the Pure & Applied Science learning zone is to help students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities needed for them to become contributory members of an increasingly scientific and technological society.
To achieve this we will provide the students with a wide range of activities and experiences that will not only challenge them to develop their conceptual frameworks but also encourage them to reflect upon the impact that Science has on society.
The curriculum offered makes full use of appropriate scientific investigation opportunities, maximises the use of e-learning wherever possible and supports classroom based work with suitable enrichment activities such as drama presentations, visits to scientific institutions and field trips.
At Key Stage 3 students follow a 2 year scheme of work that emphasises the central role of scientific models through modules based on the key themes of Cells, Energy, Forces, Interdependence and Particles. The course also ensures that students develop an understanding of How Science Works and provides them with regular formative and summative assessments of their progress with the students themselves taking an active part in assessing their own progress against the required learning objectives.
Subsequently students follow a 3 year Key Stage 4 programme of study and new courses are due to be introduced in September 2011. At this time it is anticipated that there will be a variety of courses on offer including BTEC Applied Science in addition to GCSEs in Science, Additional Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics so broadening the curriculum available to the students and provide them with the opportunity to gain up to 4 GCSEs (or their equivalent) depending on their proven achievement during years 7 and 8.