Science at GCMS
At GCMS we offer a high-quality science education which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity, and all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, our pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. At GCMS pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
All pupils have access to two well resourced science labs. They receive three 3 lessons of science per week. In Key Stage 2 they are taught in their classes. In year 6 there is also a small booster group for those pupils who have been recognised as needing intervention. At Key Stage 3 science is taught in smaller mixed ability 'Kagan' groups.
The curriculum for science at GCMS aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.