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This Charter helps to implement the intent of the science curriculum every lesson by every Teacher. 

The intent of the science curriculum 

Our vision for Science at Fulwood Academy is modelled in our curriculum which encourages students to be curious about the world around them, to learn through hands-on discovery, and to have the ambition to become the scientists and innovators of the future. We believe our curriculum allows a foundational knowledge base which students build on as they become confident, independent learners. We focus heavily on ensuring our pupils have a grasp of the main concepts of science as well as developing their thirst for learning through practical work and skill development. We believe that this approach fully enhances the life chances of our learners. We have ensured that they are continually given the opportunity to apply practical scientific skills, broaden their academic vocabulary, and construct informed educated opinions. Our curriculum aims to develop strong academic outcomes in science through ensuring that our students are able to challenge misconceptions, have a depth and breadth of science knowledge, and can apply their learning in biology, chemistry and physics to real world concepts. 

The aims of the Fulwood Science Secondary Curriculum are to ensure that all pupils: 

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 
  • Develop the understanding of scientific methods and processes through different types of science enquiry which allows them to answer specific questions about the world they live in. 
  • Are able to apply their knowledge to unique scenarios  
  • Are able to make links between concepts in different topics and different sciences  
  • Develop scientific enquiry and skills through the use of practical’s  
  • Are able to combine scientific knowledge and their own opinion on questions on scientific morality 
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science today and in the future. 

Implementing the intent through the Charter: 

  • Check learning from last lesson has been retained through the DIN/starter.  
  • Introduce the learning objectives of the lesson making links to the ‘Big Picture’ and real-life scientific applications and careers 
  • Clearly identify the outcomes for the lesson  
  • Model key concepts to cement understanding by “I do, we do, you do” activities. 
  • Students must be encouraged to write and talk like scientists by not using ‘banned words’ in science lessons. 
  • Model and explicitly teach the relevant mathematical requirements to enhance their scientific understanding and enquiry. 
  • Practical’s will be used regularly to enable pupils to deepen their science experience and develop their practical skills - understanding of hypotheses, observation, theory and conclusion. 
  • Model good practice for exam questions, including understanding command words and structuring answers  
  • Promote a love of science and how things work. 
  • Use effective questioning to draw out the thinking/ the why behind science content.  
  • Build in regular checks for understanding during the lesson and address misconceptions quickly either whole-class or bespoke to individuals.  
  • Check new learning is being retained to the working memory at the end of every lesson and through the exit ticket 
  • Ensure pupils to take pride in their work and provide clear evidence in their booklets of development and understanding of scientific knowledge and skills. Ensure they are used as an aide-memoire for recall and revision. 
  • Ensure all booklets follow the planning guidelines