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Science

This curriculum aims to ensure that all Future Academies students become scientifically literate who are able to recognise the importance of rational explanation, capable of scientific analysis and knowledgeable about the contribution that the sciences make to our theoretical and practical understanding of the world. It is designed so that foundational concepts are introduced at the outset and are carefully built upon over three years, ensuring students develop an increasingly sophisticated and specialised understanding of the separate sciences. As such, students benefit from a coherent and cumulative curriculum that enables them to grasp increasingly specialised concepts and to develop a rigorous understanding of scientific knowledge. Each long term, students cover one topic from biology, chemistry and physics. There is a strong focus on retrieval practice and interleaving learning: each topic begins by explicitly returning to relevant prior learning and ends with an assessment and an interleaved test based on another topic. A practical skills assessment is placed at the end of the unit to enable students to connect their learning to a set of practical techniques and real-world applications. All too often, learning about science involves a series of disjointed lessons and unconnected information that is difficult to remember or fully understand. As such, a key principle of this curriculum is that the sciences can and should be taught through meaningful narratives that enable students to form long-term memories. This is seen through the explicit, planned-for links between relevant topics and an emphasis, where relevant, on the chronological development of scientific discoveries and theories, and of their cultural importance.

The document available below shows how this is broken down by academic year and by term at KS3 for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.