Science at Spa School
Spa students develop a sense of enquiry and extend their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We follow the National Curriculum which introduces students to scientific concepts and challenges them to work as scientists. They plan and undertake practical investigations in our very own Science laboratory and the wider school environment.
We place particular importance on pupils working practically, making discoveries for themselves. Work is differentiated according to each pupil’s learning style and needs: learning objectives are achievable yet challenging.
In Key stage 3 students complete at least one science module each half term. They develop scientific investigational skills including:
- assessing fair testing
- measuring and recording
- repeating tests to check results
- communicating conclusions.
- We regularly assess students’ learning in Science to ensure that they are making progress to the best of their abilities. Links are made across the curriculum with other subjects, particularly Literacy, Maths, PSHE, Food Technology and ICT. Work is recorded in a variety of ways including the use of drawings, charts, graphs and photographs.
- In Key Stage 5 students study the ASDAN Science short courses with modules that include Forces and Motion, Chemical Change, Biological Challenges, Human Machine and Space Physics. These courses are offered through the KS5 Options programme.
- In Key stage 4, students have an opportunity to gain accreditations in Science. We follow the Welsh Entry Pathway Science and units include The Human Body, The Plant World, Health and Safety, Healthy Living, Space and the Universe. Students build on their investigative skills learnt in Key stage 3.
- Topics covered include Scientific Enquiry, Plants and Animals – including Humans, the Digestive System and Teeth, Healthy Living, Forces and Magnets, States of Matter, Electricity, Sound, Properties of Materials, Light and Shadows, Evolution and Inheritance.