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Curriculum Lead Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Catterall

 

Science Curriculum Lead

Email: scatterall@theblc.org.uk 

Tel: (0300) 3038384, option 1

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Our Schools Vision and Values

Our Aim

To identify and meet individual learning needs through a nurturing environment.

Our Objective

• To provide appropriate high quality learning opportunities for all.

• To develop practice partnership working with all stakeholders.

• To create an environment where opinions and views are respected and appreciated.

• To encourage everyone to develop their talents to enable them to take up their rightful place in their communities.

 

Mission Statement

We believe in a learning community where everyone feels valued, included and achieves.

 

SCIENCE

Overview

Welcome to Science at Brownhill Learning Community

Hello this is Science at Brownhill Learning Community and for whatever reason you have arrived at this webpage you are more than welcome. 

In our department we teach secondary age pupils science up to GCSE level across the three Brownhill sites and most importantly we try to have fun doing it.  Our vision statement is.

 

Our main focus in Science at Brownhill Learning Community is to provide a high quality science education to all of our students.  We believe that all young people have a natural curiosity of science topics.  We will attempt to build on this curiosity, create enthusiasm and build the scientific skills and knowledge of all the young people that we teach.

We believe that a Brownhill scientist is an independent thinker who can build their skills and knowledge working in co-operation with our staff.  It is important that the things learned are relevant to a student’s everyday life to and enable a student to determine if something they are told or learn is true or false.

 

The curriculum lead for Science at Brownhill Learning Community is Stephen Catterall and the curriculum champions are Chloe Gee and Kevin Williams.  If you need any assistance, we will be pleased to help we can be contacted by email on the addresses below

 

 

Intent

The reasons why the pupils of Brownhill School learn science can be summarised by our five guiding principles.

Pupils learn science to

  • To learn what is true and what is false

  • To learn knowledge

  • To develop skills

  • To achieve qualifications

  • For enjoyment

In more detail our intent involves

To generally improve the scientific knowledge of our community.  To learn what is false and what is true and to confront and disprove harmful, unscientific or conspiracy theories that could prove harmful to our community and society in general.

For pupils to improve their scientific knowledge across the full range of the national curriculum at a rate that is commensurate with their chronological age.  This would allow a pupil to transfer back to mainstream education at any point.

We want pupils to develop practical skills that will enable them to improve their skills of scientific enquiry and develop practical abilities to use in further education and in the workplace.

Pupils should gain meaningful science qualifications that reflect their ability and enable pupils to progress to post 16 education or employment.

Pupils should find science an enjoyable and interesting experience and develop a natural affinity for the subject.

 

 

Implementation

We aim to teach science from reputable and established sources.  We shall attempt to address falsehoods found both locally and in the media, especially the unscientific theories of creationism, climate change denial and vaccine sceptism.

We will teach science at key stage three and key stage four in line with the national curriculum and attempt to work at a comparative pace to mainstream establishments to allow re-integration.

We have developed a new practical framework and we will use it in the performance of practical science activities to develop the practical skills of our students.

Pupils can undertake science qualifications at both entry level and IGCSE level to reflect their natural ability.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in enrichment activities both in and out of school and teachers are encouraged to develop and deliver interesting and stimulating lessons.

 

 

 

 

Impact

We shall measure the attendance levels in science lessons to see if science is being taught to all pupils in the BLC.  We expect all pupils should experience some science each week with the preferred amount of 2 hours being the expected science education for most of our full time students.

In addition to measuring the attendance in science lessons we aim to regularly track the progress of all students in science.  This should be both in point in time assessment and in end of unit assessment.

Impact in practical activities will be measured by progress in the four skill areas in our practical skills framework.  It is expected the pupil’s skill levels will improve with continued experience of practical activities

We shall attempt to make continuous impact by improving our examination results by results analysis and revised revision technique.

Impact will be measured by a pupil survey of their attitude towards science and science lessons.  We shall use the results of the survey to reflect and improve our delivery.

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