Welcome to the Science Department

Science department curriculum intent

At Nottingham Free School, the Science department understands that learners are naturally curious and inquisitive and we encourage this through their 5 (or 7) years of learning. Through our scheme of learning, we ensure our learners understand that it is healthy to be inquisitive about the universe and we reward this curiosity through our positive point system.

Through our scheme of learning, we make sure that acquisition of scientific skills, positive attitudes and knowledge is built-on and developed throughout their school career. To facilitate this, we plan lessons that engage our learners carry out investigations to discover answers.

Science is taught in planned and arranged topic blocks but topics within Biology, Chemistry and Physics intertwine to allow learners to make links between the different areas. We believe this not only allows for greater depth of knowledge but allows our learners to understand the world in which they live in. Trips and visits from outside agencies also provide opportunities to learn outside of the classroom environment to gauge how science has and is changing our lives.

Our curriculum allows for ideas to be explored, theories to be evaluated and arguments to be built while considering what impact this has on the lives around them. Each year, we build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years by testing knowledge and skills regularly and providing extra support where needed. This allows for learners to become more confident in their answers as well as more proficient in selecting equipment or collating results from practical investigations based on previous experiences.

We realise that Science is essential for all students in their future. Being able to explain how we beat bacteria, how temperature makes things happen faster and even explaining whether we think space is infinite or just very big – these are all great achievements! Completing your GCSE’s with two or three science qualifications, doing A levels, going to University, all of these are made easier by having a good knowledge and understanding of Science as a whole which is what we strive to achieve here at Nottingham Free School.

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