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Science is at the heart of modern life. An understanding of the three key disciplines of physics, chemistry and biology, underpinned by scientific enquiry, provides students with the ability to comprehend the world in which they live. At Ibstock we encourage students to think and to act like scientists. Thinking like a scientist means students ask questions, analyse, evaluate and reflect; thinking both critically and creatively. Acting like a scientist means students are team workers and self-managers who participate fully in their learning. We firmly believe in inspiring curious minds through the use of memorable contexts and practical exploration. Through this we aim to foster a lifelong interest in the sciences.
The science curriculum at Ibstock is based around nine ‘big ideas’ which provide the foundations needed for success at GCSE. The big ideas are:
Students study topics related to the big ideas in each and every year. This allows students to make progress and deepen their understanding as well as make connections, transferring their learning to new contexts.
In year 7 students study the following topics:
In year 8 students study the following topics:
In year 9 students study the following topics:
Science lessons at Ibstock are engaging and diverse with a focus on ensuring that students are confident in their understanding. Each lesson is designed to both support and stretch individual students in order that they can achieve their best. The students are provided with regular homework tasks to reinforce their learning in lessons and this enables parents to play an active role in their child’s science learning.