Science Department – Curriculum Intent


Science at Paxman Academy is about enabling our students to experience and observe phenomena in the natural and man-made world. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and as a STEM school we believe all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, students are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the natural world around them.


Our curriculum offer in Science, creates students who are scientifically literate and are able to think, talk, read and write like a scientist as demonstrated through their ability to:

  • Aspire to increase the world’s future prosperity having been taught how Science has changed our lives for the better.
  • Be successful with the non-negotiable scientific knowledge and vocabulary required to understand the uses and implications of Science today and in the future. 
  • Persevere when working experimentally, developing key practical skills, analysing results and evaluating our technique. 
  • Act with integrity when learning about the nature, processes and methods linked to different scientific enquiries. 
  • Respect themselves and those who have worked to advance Science to what it is we understand today.
  • Show empathy with others less fortunate as we learn about the Science behind diseases and illness, whilst also developing an understanding of its uses to improve humanity. 


Science is taught as a sequence of knowledge to ensure students’ develop a secure understanding of foundational concepts before moving on. Content is taught in a logical sequence with regular retrieval and interleaving to reduce cognitive load and increase cultural capital, allowing for links to be made to the real world. We begin by teaching students the fundamentals from cells, atoms, energy and forces, without which students would be unable to understand many of the chemical reactions, interactions between particles and more complex processes. 


In addition to this, we offer a fortnightly Science club, STEM activities and leadership roles for our students to ensure that pupils leave Paxman Academy as well rounded individuals with a clear understanding of Science in society, potential career routes within STEM and prepared for the world of work and life in modern Britain.