Science

Our science curriculum is designed to provide a high-quality science education, setting the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Head of Faculty

Mrs V Lloyd (v.lloyd@temac.co.uk)

Science Curriculum Intent

Science uses testable hypotheses to acquire, organise and revise knowledge of the natural world and this approach underpins our ambitious and challenging curriculum for science students at TEMA.

The science curriculum aims to nurture scientifically literate citizens who have the knowledge and skills to be able to formalise their curiosity into rigorous scientific methodology. This will empower all students to be active participants in global scientific discussions in the rapidly changing world of science and make critically informed decisions that will affect their futures. Students will have the opportunity to apply the scientific knowledge they have learnt by capitalising on the cross-curricular links between science and different subjects so that they are prepared to use their scientific knowledge in future careers, both in and out of science.

Curriculum Implementation

Using guidance from the Educational Endowment Fund (‘Improving Secondary Science’, 2018), the Gatsby Practical Guide and research-led pedagogical science (‘Rosenshine’s Principles in action’, 2019) we have created a curriculum that:

  • Identifies powerful knowledge and builds this knowledge sequentially with careful consideration for where this knowledge leads next
  • Uses expert models to elucidate scientific concepts
  • Provides opportunities for daily, weekly and monthly review
  • Incorporates regular low stakes formative assessment with personalised feedback tailored to individual student and class needs
  • Identifies powerful language and provides regular opportunities to apply this language to new contexts
  • Supplements taught content with at least 50% practical science and demonstrations
  • Explicitly links science to other academic disciplines and the wider world
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