Science

 

 

In Science we follow a fun filled and exciting programme of study designed to inspire and enthuse our students whilst educating them. Our students take part in stimulating, hands on, creative activities that make use of our well-equipped science lab. 

Outdoor learning is a big part in science lessons, from wildlife surveys in our woodland area and outdoor classroom, rocket launches and space walks to rock-pooling at the beach. 

Pupils are able to take part in out of school visits including the STAR centre in Keighley, learn about bioarcheology at Durham Palace Green Library and the gardens at RHS Harlow Carr.

Science at Beverley School aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do and to understand the environment in which we live with fun practical hands on learning and activities.

Phase 1

In our Nursery, Reception and Early Years classes Science is taught through EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum) via Understanding the World strand. Through a range of topic themes our pupils experience a broad range of practical activities that help them to actively explore and learn about the world around them. Themes include; Senses, Colour, Light and Sound, Forces, Animals and Materials.

Key Stage 1 & 2 teach Science through our Cornerstones Interactive Learning Programmes. Some of this year’s themes include 'Can we explore it?', 'Are eggs alive?' both SLD projects. Also 'Wriggle and Crawl' - a minibeast focus; 'Mighty Metal' and 'Potions'.

Phase 2 Science

At Phase 2 we follow the cornerstones curriculum incorporating aspects of KS2 and KS3 science depending on ability. Hands on, practical and outdoor learning activities are used to engage pupils and ensure their curiosity is stimulated. Our garden and woodland area provide the perfect outdoor classroom for studying wildlife and horticulture.

Phase 3

GCSE Biology: a 2 year course which covers cell biology, health and disease, homeostasis, ecology and inheritance and evolution. There is an emphasis on developing practical and scientific skills and relating subject knowledge to real world scenarios, such as visiting the scanning electron microscope at Teesside University.

Pupils studying GCSE biology also take the Entry Level Science course which ensures they continue to study chemistry and physics.

Entry Level Science: Entry Level Certificate Science (ELC Science) is designed to give students not yet ready to take GCSE Science the chance to get a Science qualification. Pupils complete 3 components, biology, physics and chemistry which integrate the principles of ‘how science works’.

School Garden

In our wonderful garden students from across the school learn about growing and tending fruits, vegetables and flowers, preparing and looking after the soil and understanding the different ways of propagating plants. The garden allows students of different ages and abilities to discover and appreciate where their food comes from. The amazing produce from the garden is then sold, used in Food lessons or made into preserves and chutneys.

The garden is well-equipped with raised beds and a large polytunnel that can be used by the whole school, either during lessons or during extra-curricular lunch time activities.