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Subject Intent

For our students to leave the academy with a scientific mind-set. For them to research the validity of claims and to not fall victim to misinformation and 'fake news'.  Students will recognise that the discipline of science is: constantly evolving new technologies and materials to benefit the wider community and see the bigger picture of the world around them, from the wonders of the microscopic world, to the elements that make up the earth, to the brilliance of the vast cosmos.

Curriculum Objectives

  1. All organisms are constituted of one or more cells and many of these cells are differentiated according to their function.
  2. Animals obtain energy by breaking down complex food molecules and are ultimately dependent on green plants as their source of energy.
  3. All of the basic functions of life are the result of what happens inside cells which make up an organism.
  4. Genes determine the development and structure of organisms.
  5. All life today is directly descended from a universal common ancestor that was once a simple one-celled organism.
  6. Green plants and some bacteria are able to use energy from the Sun to generate complex food molecules.
  7. Cells and organisms will communicate with each other to produce a coordinated response to changes in both the internal and external environment. 
  8. In an ecosystem, there is competition among the species for the energy resources and materials they need to live and reproduce.
  1. Atoms are the building blocks of all matter, living and non-living, the behaviour and arrangements of the atoms explain the properties of different materials.
  2. To separate substance, we need to start with the raw materials often found in the Earth.
  3. The opposite electric charges of protons and electrons attract each other, these charges account for the formation of different compounds.
  4. The opposite electric charges of protons and electrons attract each other, these charges account for the formation of different compounds.
  5. Every substance has a pH value that can be shown/demonstrated with an indicator. Reactions of acids can produce useful products.
  6. Scientific explanations, theories and models are those that best fit the evidence available at a particular time
  7. In chemical reactions, atoms are rearranged to form new substances.
  8. Once energy has been released by burning a fossil fuel with oxygen, some of it is no longer available.
  9. A scientific theory that represents relationships between objects must fit the observations available at the time and lead to predictions that can be tested.
  1. The solar system is part of a galaxy of stars, gas and dust, one of the billions in the Universe, enormous distances apart. Many stars appear to have planets.
  2. Understand the uses and dangers of the EM spectrum and how they interact with the world around us
  3. A force acting on an object is not seen directly but is detected by its effect on the object’s motion of shape.
  4. Energy can be transferred from one body or group of bodies to another in various ways.
  5. Describe the two types of waves that transfer energy at a distance and the particle motion involved
  6. Unstable nuclei will decay to release different forms of nuclear radiation, which can be detected until they become stable nuclei
  7. The basic principles of electronic circuits and how they transfer energy. 
  8. To know the shape of any magnetic field between two poles and to understand how magnetic fields interact with each other.

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7, 8  & 9

At Stockwood Park Academy, Key Stage 3 is the start of students’ science learning journey. We have a spiral curriculum, which includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Working Scientifically to deepen students’ knowledge, understanding and skills from year 7 to year 9 to ensure that students are fully prepared for their GSCEs. Students study a variety of exciting topics including magnetism, testing chemical substances, diseases, genetics and many more. Students have the opportunity to learn about current topics including the science of COVID-19, technological advancements such as bio robotics and space travel.

Key Stage 4

YEAR 10 & 11

Science matters. That’s why we have chosen to teach the most inclusive

GCSE (9–1) Science courses, so every student can enjoy science and succeed in their studies.

Our specifications are straightforward, and our selection of core practicals are designed to help bring science learning to life. And when it comes to the assessments, we are committed to ensuring they are as accessible as possible, to give all students the chance to demonstrate what they know and can do. We give the children the skills and knowledge to distinguish the difference between fake and real Science news. We offer both GCSE Separate Sciences and GCSE Combined Science.

Sixth Form

YEAR 12 & 13

BTEC Applied Science

A career in science has almost unlimited possibilities. Have you thought about becoming an environmental scientist analysing soil samples, a nurse taking a patient’s blood pressure, a food scientist testing for bacteria in supermarket meat, or a laboratory scientist analysing  test results for COVID19?

To start you off on this exciting journey, the BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science is an excellent choice, alongside A levels, BTEC Nationals are the most widely-recognised qualification for admission to higher education.

Pearson’s  BTEC Applied Science courses offers students an exciting range of opportunities; from Extended Certificate in Applied Science(single) to the Diploma in Applied Science(double). Each course covers both practical and written content and is designed to provide students with the relevant skills and knowledge that employers value, as well as the confidence to progress into a fulfilling, exciting career.

A Level Biology

A Level in Biology A allows students to develop relevant practical skills alongside essential knowledge and understanding of a range of biological concepts and scientific methods. Biological mathematics and problem-solving skills can be fully integrated into teaching and learning. There are three exam papers at the end of the course along with an internally assessed practical element. Some units that are covered include: biodiversity, evolution and disease, as well as exchange and transport in plants and animals. An A Level in Biology can lead to the study of Medicine at University as well as Biological Research, Pharmacology and Nursing or Midwifery.