“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Science department is to provide a foundation in the elements of scientific method, theory and applicability that will encourage students to acquire an in-depth appreciation of Science. Students are introduced to many key scientific skills in the first few weeks at All Saints Catholic College, which provide a basis for their learning over the subsequent years. Most students will study for the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy award through which they will gain two Science GCSEs. There is also the option to study the Separate Sciences which provide the perfect learning platform for taking Science beyond secondary school.

 

At the end of their scientific education in All Saints Catholic College, each student will be able to:

  • apply scientific method and critical thinking skills to raise questions and define and solve problems;

  • evaluate the quality of scientific information and its interpretation;

  • clearly express scientific ideas using oral, visual and written communication;

  • understand the ethical dimensions and role of science in human experience;

  • acquire the technical and interpersonal skills to be leaders who contribute to an ever-changing society.

 

Literacy Statement

The Science Department provides opportunities to enhance the writing, reading and oral skills of students through lessons and assessments.

 

Students who are scientifically literate understand:

  • the structure of scientific investigations and report writing;

  • the skills needed to ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about their world;

  • the skills needed to describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena;

  • how to respond to exam questions (4 or 5 mark questions);

  • how to use scientific key words;

  • how to use concept mapping;

  • how to explore different text types within the scientific genre (textbooks, newspapers and magazine articles);

  • the importance of highlighting key words/ideas;

  • how to pose and evaluate arguments based on evidence and apply conclusions from such arguments appropriately;

  • how to express opinions that are scientifically and technologically informed.