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Intent – What is Woodlane aiming to achieve through its Science curriculum

  • Science main pageTo enthuse pupils by engaging them in practical activities that help them develop a passion for Science.
  • To develop the habit of regular revision through reading, watching educational programmes and videos, and completing written tasks including Past Papers in order to practice exam techniques.
  • To relate Science to other subjects and to real life, and help pupils acquire ecological culture and behaviour.
  • To develop pupils’ ethical, social and cultural awareness in a variety of ways based on practical and reflective tasks in Science lessons. 
  • To equip pupils with sound knowledge of the subject, required to understand the uses and implications of science and inspire them for future STEM careers.
  • To ensure all pupils leave Woodlane with a Science qualification which reflects the best of their ability.

Implementation – How is the Woodlane Science curriculum delivered?

Curriculum Delivery

  • Pupils have full access to the Science National Curriculum which is differentiated to meet pupils’ learning needs and styles.
  • The Science curriculum is designed to be challenging, appropriate to each pupil’s stage of development.The Science curriculum offers opportunities for cross-curricula learning, to ensure pupils make significant personal development, including:
  • Our KS3 curriculum covers 14 subjects, which are taught through 25+ hours contact time each week.  Subjects taught are as follows:
    • Science days;
    • participation in events such as British Science Week, the Big Bang Fair, Teen Tech Event Days and Tomorrow’s Engineers Week;
    • In-class interactive workshops aligned to STEM objectives;
    • educational visits;
    • SaLT strategies/Word Aware integrated in to teaching;
    • Development of communication skills through discussions, paired and group work, educational games and formal presentations;
    • use of media and websites to explore advancements in Science.
  • The KS3 Science curriculum is taught through 3.19 hours (average) contact time per week (13% curriculum time).
  • The KS4 Science curriculum is taught through 2.71 hours (average) contact time per week (11% curriculum time). 
  • The Science curriculum is designed to build and expand on previous skills and subject knowledge, over a 5 year period.  It also plans for opportunities for repetition to embed knowledge, increasing the chance of information recall and to integrate new knowledge into larger ideas (view our Science curriculum map here).
  • The school offers the following qualifications in Science, which are selected to appropriately challenge, based on each pupil’s stage of development, including:
    • GCSE Biology (Edexcel)
    • Entry Level Certificate in Science (Edexcel)
  • Science is vital in understanding the world around us. ‘working scientifically’ is embedded within the content of biology, chemistry and physics, and focuses on the key features of scientific enquiry.
  • The school provides opportunities for pupils to learn through enjoyment, and therefore pupils experience real-life problem solving challenges, and also Science trips where they participate in exciting activities.
  • We provide additional extra-curricular activities at lunch time, including:
    • GCSE Science support
    • Science club
    • Homework support

Teaching and Learning

  • Our pupils are taught by transition teachers in Year 7 and subject specialists from Year 8 to Year 11.
  • Our Science Subject Leader is well qualified, possessing a Master’s Degree in Science, postgraduate specialisation in English language and literature, and holds a QTC certificate.
  • The Science curriculum is differentiated broadly into 3 levels of challenge, ‘all’, ‘most’ and ‘some’.  Further differentiation and personalisation is implemented when required.  
  • Science homework is provided on a standardised format and is differentiated to provide the appropriate level of challenge (see here for further details).
  • In Science we have a 3 tiered approach to supporting a pupil’s learning, including:

Universal – this is the teaching your child will receive from the Science subject teachers and will include adaptations to match learning needs.  All classes:

  • We provide additional extra-curricular activities at lunch time, including:
    • GCSE Science support
    • Science club
    • Homework support
    • are supported by a teaching assistant (TA);
    • have a maximum of 10 pupils per class to ensure there is a high level of support available from the teacher and TA;
    • are multi-sensory;
    • are dyslexia friendly (click here for further details);
    • integrate speech, language and communication support;
    • are supported either directly or indirectly by speech and language therapists (click here for further details); and

Targeted­ – it may be appropriate to consider making additional short term special educational provision to remove or reduce any obstacles to your child’s learning.  This takes the form of a graduated four part approach of a) assessing your child’s needs, b) planning the most effective and appropriate intervention, c) providing this intervention and d) reviewing the impact on your child’s progress towards individual learning outcomes.

  • Interventions may include:
    • targeted teacher support with focus on preparing pupils for exams;
    • Saturday Science sessions;
    • Year 11 Science support club;
    • specific targeted Science small group interventions run during break time;
    • one to one support in lessons; and
    • termly Science targets.

Specialist – it may be necessary to seek specialist advice and regular long term support from a specialist professional in order to plan for the best possible learning outcomes for your child.


  • Pupils collate Pupil Achievement Books, where they showcase their best work and progress over time in Science.
  • Our bespoke Flight Path is used to track the progress of pupils in Science and determine expected outcomes from different starting points (click here for further details).
  • Science teachers use a range of formative and summative assessment procedures to assess progress and attainment, including:
    • GCSE Science support
    • Science club
    • daily marking (click here for teaching and learning policy);
    • self/peer assessment;
    • targeted questioning;
    • science homework;
    • end of unit tests;
    • mock exam sessions;
    • informal/formal examinations; and
    • B-Squared etc.

ImpactWhat difference is the Woodlane Science curriculum making on pupils?

  • The vast majority of pupils meet or exceed their expected progress in Science (click here for further details).
  • The very large majority of pupils meet or exceed their expected outcomes in Science (external qualifications) (click here for further details).
  • The vast majority of pupils leave Woodlane with at least one formally recognised Science qualification. Many pupils join mainstream colleges/sixth forms at post-16 where they study a range of different qualifications and subjects following excellent progress from their starting points in Science.
  • Pupils are well-prepared for the next stage of their education.
  • Analysis of Science outcomes and pupil progress indicates that there is little statistical significance between key groups.  Where any small differences are identified strategies are implemented swiftly.
  • Scientific enquiry with its broader social and ethical meaning and significance, is embedded across the school and feeds in to all subjects. Excellent progress in Science has a significant benefit for pupils in all other subjects.
  • Learning science and the laws governing nature helps pupils understand our connections to the world we live in and develop as all-round individuals,
  • Practical skills and life-skills are embedded in the Science curriculum and are personalised for each pupil. This supports pupils to make the leap to post-16 provision and meets their needs when entering the world of work.
  • Joint targeted interventions by the Science and SaLT teams ensure the relevant aspects of the curriculum are personalised to each pupil based on the outcomes identified within their EHCPs.

* Please see our annual SEF/SIP for further details.