“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day” Albert Einstein
Science holds a crucial role in shaping our world but more importantly it is shaping our future. Curiosity stems from allowing the mind the chance to think independently and leads to a deep passion in trying to understand the world. Science is crucial in ensuring students become analytical and forward-thinking individuals in a hope that it can lead to curing cancer or being part of a trip deep into space.
At Oasis Academy Leesbrook our vision and values holds that each of our student aspires to make a positive contribution to our community. With this in mind the science curriculum will enrich our students to become conscious members of the society with a thorough knowledge in topics such as Interdependence and energy; students will be taught by mixing exciting practical sessions with real-life examples where applicable.
During Key Stage 3 the topics students will be taught are in all the three key areas of science; biology, chemistry and physics to ensure students have a solid foundation for science at Key stage 4. At KS4 students will follow the AQA science pathway, whether that be the combined or the separate pathway. Students will be sitting science examinations at the end of key stage 4 in summer and sit between 6 exams for the combined science and 9 exams for the separate sciences. The key assessment objectives at Key stage 4 which will be tested by examination are as follows:
AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific techniques and procedures.
AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures.
AO3: Analyse information and ideas to: interpret and evaluate; make judgments and draw conclusions; develop and improve experimental procedures.