At New River College, we look to teach the pupils a rounded science education that will underpin their knowledge and understanding of the world at large. Through the three specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, our pupils will be able to link their science education to the world’s future prosperity. Our curriculum is designed to encourage pupils to question and enquire as to how the world works currently as well as how our needs and wants will change over time. Science is taught and assessed by looking at the essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Pupils are stimulated to continuously question during their lessons so as to apply their knowledge to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and to analyse causes.
Pupils’ learning is differentiated to allow pupils to make rapid progress. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning techniques are used throughout the curriculum to stimulate learning and to make the lessons accessible to all types of learners. Learning Assistants are on hand to guide and help pupils when necessary whilst Teachers take the role of guiding the pupils throughout their overall learning journey. During science lessons, pupils are constantly probed to extend their learning and are aware of their levels and what they must do to improve upon them. This occurs through target setting by way of oral and written feedback. The curriculum aims to give the pupils a secure foundation of knowledge that can be improved upon as they make their individual progress through the levels of attainment. We aim to give the pupils scientific knowledge that they can then begin to manipulate and apply to their work as well as aiding them to become more aware as to the uses and implications science has in today and tomorrow’s world.