Why Study Science?
Science can be fun and entertaining! At the very least, science lessons are an essential part of the Curriculum and lead to accreditation which is valuable by itself.
The true value of the science course lies within learning about the world around you. Science is the perfect subject to complement a child’s natural curiosity. Adding to the mix are skills for life such as perseverance, problem-solving and researching, teaching pupils to form their own opinions, rather than taking those of others for granted. This helps pupils to think about what could happen before they do it, creating a hypothesis in their mind, learning that not everything works the first time as some experiences fall in a heap and you have to find out what went wrong, and try again.
At a glance:
Science involves a lot of communication with other people.
- Science develops patience and perseverance
- It can help form a healthy dose of scepticism
- Science teaches pupils about the world around them
- Science can spark in pupils mind minds that they, too, can help solve the world’s big problems.
At the Horizon School, Hartlepool students follow a variety of Science courses appropriate to their level. At Key Stage 2/3 pupils follow Science topics based on the National Curriculum, with an emphasis of plugging the gaps in their knowledge and skills. This ensures that upon returning to mainstream school they are not disadvantaged from their peers.
In Key Stage 4 the majority of pupils study a Double Award GCSE in Science. For those pupils who are not able to access this course, there are a range of Entry level qualifications available in Science. This allows us to focus on maximising the scientific skills of our students, and ensures that no students leave the Horizon School, Hartlepool without being given the opportunity to experience the wonder of the world around them. Most students will achieve 2 GCSE’s in the process, ensuring students are proficient in the analytical skills they will need as an adult, whilst also enabling them to access a wider range of post-16 provision.
Defining spiritual, moral, social, cultural development within Science
Within the Science curriculum pupils are given the chance to explore the world in which we live and the effects on the environment, looking at where life comes from and wonders of the natural world. Pupils explore creation of new life through reproduction; exploring reproduction allows pupils to discuss different cultural and moral values of reproduction, allowing for discussion of different religions and faiths.
Exploring our place within the solar system allows us to discuss life on other planets. Pupils are given the opportunities to express their views by extensive questioning and answering.
Within lessons pupils work in small groups, testing and drawing conclusions from fact, giving them an understanding of the differences between fact and opinion. By exploring fertility treatments, cloning, transplants, selective breeding and the conflicts with abortion, pupils can gain an understanding of the moral and ethical issues regarding different faiths and cultural differences giving them the opportunity to reflect on their own beliefs and religious views looking at things from a different perspective. This gives pupils an understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others.
The staff at The Horizon School, Hartlepool take time to listen and build relationships with all the students.
I have a better relationship with the teachers at The Horizon School, Hartlepool. They listen to me and help me with my work
Teachers have high aspirations for pupils and their next steps in life...Pupils are well prepared to leave school after Year 11.