Science – Curriculum Intent

Science at Paxman Academy is about enabling our students to become outstanding scientists. As a STEM school with a diverse catchment area, we believe in preparing students not only for further education, but also for life in an ever changing society All students will learn to utilise the transferable skills they learn from Science to be scientifically literate and to make informed scientific decisions in society regardless of career choice.

Our curriculum offer in Science links closely to the school’s ASPIRE values. We aim to teach pupils to be able to think, talk, read and write like a scientist as demonstrated through their ability to:

  • Be aspirational regardless of background
  • Be successful in Science regardless of the route they take with us throughout their time with us of their career choice
  • Be able to persevere and problem solve, particularly when working experimentally, developing key practical skills, analysing results and evaluating techniques.
  • Be able to act with integrity when learning about the nature, processes and methods linked to different scientific enquiries.
  • Be able to respect themselves and show empathy to those who have worked to advance Science to what it is we understand today.

Science is taught as a sequence of knowledge to ensure students’ develop a secure understanding of foundational concepts before moving on preparing them for future science courses or employment. 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 including scientists from all backgrounds. 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.