Science

Curriculum Intent

At The Eastbourne Academy, the Science curriculum is an essential component of our school vision. We recognise the importance of science in developing our students' cultural capital, nurturing their curiosity and ambition, and fostering respect and engagement towards the natural world.

Our science curriculum emphasises the acquisition of scientific knowledge and the understanding of scientific practices. By learning about the fundamentals of science, such as atoms and cells, our students develop a deep understanding of the material world and an appreciation for its complexity. By learning about the practices of science, they learn to critically evaluate scientific claims and develop an understanding of the nature and status of scientific knowledge as well as addressing misconceptions.

Science education also highlights the significance of science to society and our students' lives, our curriculum strives to provide students with a basic knowledge and appreciation of science that will remain with them throughout their lives.

Through learning about the contribution of science to eradicating diseases, controlling climate change, food security  and ensuring access to clean water, our students appreciate the importance of scientific research and its potential impact on the world.

Moreover, science education provides our students with a foundation for diverse and valuable careers that are essential for economic, environmental, and social development. By acquiring scientific skills and knowledge, our students can pursue a wide range of career paths, from medical research to engineering, that are crucial for advancing our society.

 

Curriculum Information 

KS3

At Key Stage 3, students study a combination of biology, chemistry and physics. Units cover a variety of topics including cells, health and disease, particles, energy and forces. Practical work is an important part of science teaching and is included in as many lessons as possible. Students also have the opportunity to learn about careers in science for every topic. They will have termly assessments in class and a longer SWALE assessment later in the year to assess progress against their targets.

Year 9 students will continue with this KS3 knowledge journey. After a SWALE assessment in term 3 to assess their understanding of KS3 science, they will start a transition course covering key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. This is specifically designed to bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4.

 

KS4

KS4 students in year 11 will continue to study science from the Edexcel 2016 specification. 

Students starting year 10 in September 2023 will study science from the AQA specification. Combined students will follow the trilogy pathway. 

 With both specifications, there are two possible qualifications, those being ‘combined science’ (formerly known as ‘double science’ and worth two GCSEs) and triple science, where students achieve three GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics.

Combined science is an exam-based qualification (100%) although there are compulsory practical activities that need to be completed during the course. The combined course is a two-year course that results in a double award in science (equivalent to 2 GCSE’s).

Pupils have the option of choosing a third science GCSE, thus achieving ‘triple’ science.

 

Extra Curricular

The Science department offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club for all students.

For KS4 students we offer a weekly drop-in session after school on a Thursday for students to ask for help with homework, topics they need additional support with and general revision.

 

Enrichment

The Science department also regularly offers additional opportunities for students to take part in workshops and university visits. We also celebrate British Science week every March across the year groups. These activities widen students' understanding of the careers available to them with science qualifications.