The Aims of the Science curriculum

Mission statement
Our curriculum is designed to inspire a lifelong curiosity in students about themselves, the world, the universe and its
mysteries. It should empower students so they can evaluate and form their own ideas about how and why things
happen using critical scientific thinking. This includes the ability to engage confidently in the ever-changing technical
At Kirkburton we strive for a quality science education throughout our curriculum which encompasses the following
aims for ALL students-
 To install a lifelong interest and fascination about Science
 To prepare pupils and impart knowledge/skills to enable their further study beyond KMS including preparation
for greater demands of the new GCSEs
 To empower pupils using a growth mindset and skills/knowledge gained in lessons to consolidate, apply and
link ideas about Science to explain phenomena. This may well take them outside their learning ‘comfort
 To allow pupils to explore their natural curiosity about the world through the use of science inside and outside
the classroom
 To provide opportunities which give pupils experience, skills and knowledge through a varied curriculum that
encompasses all Scientific disciplines and a relevance to the ever changing technical world
 To build the demands of the curriculum from Y6-8 in line with AREX (age related expectations)
 To design a programme of study which challenges pupils and allows them to revisit and use previous
knowledge/skills in a spiral curriculum
 To provide opportunities for the development of SMSC, literacy, oracy and numeracy skills throughout the
 To allow pupils to assess through the different methods and track progress against the AREX allowing them to
understand where and how to improve.
 To allow pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and progress in science inside and outside of the
 To build pupils resilience and give them the confidence to challenge their knowledge and understanding.

As one of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) we promote the study of science as a major career path for all pupils.

We study biological, chemical and physical process, through topics which show the links between these different disciplines, using the ‘big ideas’ of science, such as particles and energy, to underpin these scientific processes. Throughout our science curriculum we try to show how science is used in the ‘real’ world. We look at aspects such as forensics, cooking, medicine and sports science. This provides pupils with a context within which these scientific processes are used as well as embedding science as a part of everyday British culture.

Pupils engage in a range of investigations, learning to; plan, carry out, analyse and evaluate experiments, as well as assessing risk to make sure their experiments are safe. They learn how scientific models and theories help to explain their observations, as well as learning how these models and theories can change as new observations are made.

Pupils learn how science has developed as a discipline over time, by studying the history of key scientific ideas and the leading British and world scientists and cultures that have contributed to this understanding. Through the curriculum we aim to develop in pupils an appreciation of the power of science to improve peoples’ lives.

The science programme of study at K.M.S has been revised in the light of the new national curriculum 2014, the new style GCSE exams and with the collaboration of colleagues from the other schools in the Shelley College pyramid. This collaboration has helped to ensure that the curriculum at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 is fully covered in the most appropriate way to meet the needs of all our pupils. A greater emphasis on pupils’ numeracy and literacy skills has been built into science lessons to enhance pupils’ understanding of the scientific concepts they study, as well as helping them to communicate their ideas more clearly.