DMS Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Overview
Science encourages pupils to become inquisitive and curious learners. We encourage pupils to take an interest in the world around them. Cross curricular links are made whenever possible to make learning relevant for pupils.
- Linked subjects include:
- Literacy creative and descriptive writing.
- Maths e.g. graphs (drawing and interpreting) angles, formulaic equations.
- DT e.g. electronics/circuits.
- PE e.g. body systems, health.
- History e.g. origins of Periodic Table.
- Geography e.g. Rocks, Earth.
- PSHE e.g. Reproduction.
Our curriculum is designed to engage pupils through a variety of theory and practical experiences to prepare pupils for their next stage of education. It includes all National Curriculum objectives. We teach pupils Scientific Enquiry Skills to enable them to develop their investigative problem solving skills. We work closely with other Windsor Schools to ensure similar coverage and to ensure pupils are fully prepared for Upper School, we also ensure NC is covered. Extra curricular activities include links with external agencies who have run STEM days in school and competitions outside of school. STEM trips and events occur throughout the year.
At Dedworth Middle School, we work closely with other schools in the Windsor Schools Trust to create a balanced curriculum that prepares pupils for their next stage of education and is planned to demonstrate progression. In KS3, pupils have 3 lessons per week held in purpose-built labs. Practical’s are planned on a regular basis to support pupil learning. Each year, Year 8 pupils can be selected to take part in an extra curricular STEM competition with other schools and local businesses in the area. In KS3 we cover physics, biology and chemistry on a topic basis each term. At the end of each topic there is an assessment.
In KS2, inhouse activities to introduce and enhance Cornerstones topics are arranged, such as virtual reality sessions, planetarium and hatching chicks. Pupils also have access to the labs and the resources kept in the prep room.
Teaching and planning is monitored by the Head of Science and SLT to ensure the curriculum is being adhered to. The Head of Science, Head of KS3 and governing body monitor progress and attainment of Science throughout the year, identifying areas and pupil groups that need focus.
Pupil engagement in extra curricular competitions which are carried out in their own time, demonstrate the enthusiasm for the subject.
Progress is monitored throughout the year and demonstrates the impact of our teaching and curriculum. There are end of year common assessments for Years 6, 7 and 8. These are completed by all middle schools in the area and moderation takes place to ensure consistency across the schools. There are also other common assessments including practical’s which take place in KS3.
Teacher assessment also takes place three times a year and the Head of Science analyses these grades to identify groups of pupils that may need extra support.