OUr 5 year curriculum
In the Science Department we have a 5 year Curriculum Journey in which students study the specifics of all three science disciplines (Chemistry, Physics and Biology). Our curriculum sequence allows for retrieval of prior knowledge at many points in those 5 years to ensure the students have a deeper understanding of key concepts and therefore a long lasting learning. We also focus on those transferable theoretical and practical skills, not just between the various topics but between all 3 science subjects so students develop complex mental models and schema, again, to ensure that learning is deep seated and long lasting.
Each possible misconception is then highlighted in our Scheme of Learning so it is addressed before the students can even think about it!
Formal assessments will take place at the end of each topic. These assessments are exam style questions which cover all aspects of the topic studied. Once the students have completed the assessment, they will be marked and every student will receive a personal question level analysis to determine what skills they excelled at and what are the areas for development. Each student will then be set some personalised therapy tasks which allow them to work on their own individual areas of development through the use of google classroom.
Homework will be set every Week A on a Monday by the students class teach via google classroom. The homework deadlines will always be a week later on a Monday Week B. The homework will consist of a self assessment quiz such as a Quizziz or Blooklet task based on a concept or topic they will have recently been taught in lessons.
Homework will always be reviewed in a lesson during Week B to address any misconceptions and areas for development.