Science

The Science curriculum at the Grove Academy plays to the strengths and experiences of our students. We emphasise practical, investigative work which will develop learners in preparation for the new (1-9) GCSE. 

At KS3 students currently study all three Sciences; introductions to cells, tissues and organs; investigative techniques and energy transfers.

During their time with us they cover the following areas of study;

  • Learn about the building blocks of living things 
  • Learn about the building blocks of the universe
  • Learn about the the universe and how it began
  • Learn how habitats vary
  • Learn how plants and animals are adapted to live in a particular habitat
  • Explore variation within and between species
  • Learn what makes up a cell and how they become organs
  • Learn techniques to investigate different types of materials
  • Learn to describe energy and how energy is transferred
  • Explore basic electricity and be able rearrange and use formulae.

In these units students learn to frame questions to be answered using first-hand or secondary data and make qualitative observations and record these in a variety of ways, making use of their ICT skills. They draw conclusions from observations and explain them using scientific knowledge and will investigate variation using appropriate sample size. 

 

In KS4 learners will be guided through the AQA Synergy and Trilogy schemes of work, as they both offer a broad and varied curriculum which enables learners to grow into effective scientists, there will be greater emphasis on the Biology aspects of the course but this is dependent on individual needs. 

 

Throughout the year all students have the opportunity to develop their practical skills, for example looking at metals and investigating how they react with air, water, acids and other chemicals. The students are encouraged to use their ICT skills in lessons and we have our own designated laptops for that purpose.