Science

“We learn how to be safe in the science lab and I really like to do practical experiments.  My favourite is with the Bunsen Burners” Rosie

The Valley School has a fully equipped Science lab and specialist Science equipment for teaching Science in class rooms. We are also able to utilise the grounds which have a range of habitats for our learners to explore.

We cover the KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum for Science which we have carefully adapted to meet the needs of our students.

Year 7.

Science is covered as part of our learners’ core learning time. In a core lesson there will be elements of Science, English and Maths which follow a topic to make lessons more memorable. The Science in these lessons is from the KS3 National Curriculum for Science.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study#key-stage-3

Year 8

Science is covered as part of our learners’ core learning time. In a core lesson there will be elements of Science, English and Maths which follow a topic to make lessons more memorable. The Science in these lessons is from the KS3 National Curriculum for Science.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study#key-stage-3

Year 9

In year 9 our learners begin studying OCR entry level Science https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/entry-level/science-r483-from-2016/ which is based on the key stage 4 national curriculum but is designed to be delivered to younger learners where this is appropriate. Beginning this course in year 9 gives us the opportunity to spend more time on the parts of the course which directly affect our learners. We have carefully selected topics from this program of study to fit into our topic based curriculum. Some Science lessons in year 9 take place in our fully equipped Science laboratory.

Key Stage 4

In years 10 and 11 pupils continue their course leading to an OCR Entry Level Certificate in Science. https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/entry-level/science-r483-from-2016/ Assessment is by means of a combination of short end-of-item tests, can-do tasks and a practical task. All assessments are carried out in familiar classrooms by our learners’ teachers or learning partner. This specification has been specifically designed to meet the need of those learners in Key Stage 4 for whom GCSEs are not appropriate. It covers the key stage 4 National Curriculum for Science and gives our learners a good foundation for GCSE should they wish to continue with their Science studies in the next phase of their learning. Interim progress certificates can be awarded by the The Valley School at Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels.