Subject Curriculum Model
That the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail. - Albert Einstein
In the Science department we are committed to the school’s stated aim of “Achievement
for all”. In order to secure the very best outcomes for all learners we endeavour to
provide an environment that reflects:
• Challenge to facilitate personal growth.
• Ambition for what our learners can achieve now and in the future.
• Respect so that learners feel safe to make mistakes and learn from them.
• Engagement in fun learning experiences.
Science for the citizens of the future
At Sherburn High we realise that not all of the young people in our community are going
to be employed in science – related fields in later life. However, all of our learners will be
autonomous citizens in a society that is rapidly being shaped by advances in science and
technology. We passionately believe in equipping learners with the skills that they need
• Communicate their ideas clearly.
• Analyse the credibility of scientific claims made in the media.
• Make personal life decisions based on an understanding of risk and benefit.
• Contribute to national decision making processes with an awareness of the associated ethics, risks and benefits.
• Solve problems using an enquiry led approach.
The curriculum that we deliver in the department has been selected so that it develops this scientific literacy of all leaners whilst also providing the skills and knowledge that are a pre- requisite of all science pathways.
We believe that learning outside of the classroom has an incredible value to young people. In the 2014 academic year visits are being arranged to Lotherton Hall; the Science Live! lecture series and also the BODY WORLDS Vital exhibition.
Outreach work with our local primaries
‘Rollo lab’ is an innovative resource that is used to raise the profile of Science at KS2. It focuses on developing investigative skills through the use of new technology, with a range of workshops being offered to learners in Year 5 and 6. These workshops are fully coordinated by our highly experienced Technicians, although the equipment is available on loan to our primary colleagues so that they can further embed and develop the skills as appropriate for their learners.