Science is exciting. Science gives us joy through our understanding of the world and our role within it. Science embodies the very essence of learning. It can be thought of as both a body of knowledge (the things we have already discovered), and the process of acquiring new knowledge (through observation and experimentation—testing and hypothesising).
At Dormers Wells, we aim to enhance the natural scientist in all our students by developing students who are skilled critical thinkers, scientifically literate and able to problem solve. They can use their ever growing body of knowledge to apply their thinking to novel contexts. We aim to develop Scientists who are so excited by what they learn, and so skilled that they strive to continue their learning independently.
A fantastic Scientist is an organised Scientist. A student that consistently works to systematically build their knowledge and to make the links not only across Science but across the curriculum will always be successful. They will be able to identify how their learning in lesson applies to what they see in the world through extra curricular reading and support from their teachers.
The Dormers Wells Science department is committed to opening the door to success for all our pupils. We will ensure students leave school having mastered the knowledge and skills they need to be confident in the decisions they make both about their lives and as citizens of the world.
Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
- Edwin Powell Hubble
Science is one of three core subjects in the school meaning that all students will study this from year 7 to year 11. We have designed the curriculum as a 7 year course to ensure that every piece of knowledge learnt, every skill practiced and every discussion held, forms a building block that will enable every student to not only understand Science but to develop the skills to study Science beyond GCSE if they wish.
Throughout all key stages we assess our pupils on their knowledge, practical skills, scientific literacy and ability to apply their knowledge. We ensure that throughout all key stages these areas are focussed on in both our teaching and assessment so students are provided with a clear understanding on how to successfully develop in each of these areas.