Science Education at the Polygon School
At the Polygon School we operate a strong ethos of inclusion and enjoyment in all subjects, whilst building confidence and raising the self-esteem of our pupils. We believe our pupils can learn many valuable transferrable skills through participation including teamwork, problem-solving, communication, and resilience. Our department aims to provide pupils with many opportunities to build these skills as well as the subject knowledge that they will be able to use to inform the choices they make and to enrich their environment.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
Science teaching at The Polygon School aims to give all pupils a strong understanding of the world around them whilst acquiring specific skills and knowledge to help them to think scientifically, to gain an understanding of scientific processes and also an understanding of the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. At The Polygon School, scientific enquiry skills are embedded in each topic the pupils study and these topics are revisited and developed throughout their time at school as well as incorporating cross-curriculum themes such as PSHE and British Values.
This model allows pupils to build upon their prior knowledge and increase their enthusiasm for the topics whilst embedding this procedural knowledge into their long-term memory. All pupils are encouraged to develop and use a range of skills including observations, planning and investigations, as well as being encouraged to question the world around them during group discussions and become independent learners in exploring possible answers for their scientific-based questions. Specialist vocabulary for topics is taught and built up, and effective questioning to communicate ideas is encouraged. Concepts taught should be reinforced by focusing on the key features of scientific enquiry, so that pupils learn to use a variety of approaches to answer relevant scientific questions. Pupils will have a range of learning resources and materials available to them to allow them to be successful in their learning.
Pupils at The Polygon School study a range of topics across all three sciences that will enable them to complete Crest Awards and the Edexcel Entry Level in Science and Further Science. Though the specific content of the course that the pupils will follow is dependent on ability, all pupils will engage in core topics on:
• Cells, genetics, inheritance and modification
• Health, disease and the development of medicines
• Plants & Ecosystems
• Human Biology
• Atoms, compounds and states of matter
• Separating mixtures
• Acids & Metals
• Elements & Chemical reactions
• Fuels and the Earth’s atmosphere
• Forces, movement and energy
• Waves & Radiation
• Electricity & Magnetism
• Energy & Particles
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
Science is not taught to the whole school during Key Stage 4, but if pupils are successful during Key Stage 3 and are keen to study a GCSE in science at Key Stage 4, then they are enabled to do so with 1:1 tutoring, online resources and small group sessions. By completing the Science and Further Science Entry Level, pupils have a sound basis on which to build to allow them to achieve success in studying for a GCSE in either a Single Science or Combined Science.
Entry Level Qualification in Science & Further Science
• Enjoyment and experience success in science
• Learn in a safe environment
• Planned, structured and sequenced lessons
• Utilising both on and off-site resources
• A broad range of equipment and experiences
• Qualified and experienced staff
• Consistent marking and feedback using PIXL marking policy
• A range of assessment techniques including the use of ICT
• Consistency in approach to behaviour management in line with school policy
As a department, we expect positive outcomes for pupils and expect to see progress and engagement across the school. Positive progress can be monitored through emotional literacy data, progress in class books, and achievement of accredited awards. We also support our pupils by signposting potential career pathways and opportunities for further education in STEM subjects.