Science is an integral part of everyday life, and it is our vision at Maplewell Hall School to broaden the horizons of our students and to engender in them a sense of wonder and curiosity. The Science Department believes that all students should have access to a science curriculum that is engaging, fun and thought provoking and that prepares them for a world of technological advance.
At Maplewell Hall School we recognise that children will enter our classrooms at different levels, therefore we have created a two pathway system that allows children of all abilities to access the science curriculum. Biology, chemistry and physics are tackled in equal measure across all teaching years and in both pathways ensuring a balanced education.
Experiments, teacher demos and various practical activities are a core component of science and one which we strive to incorporate into our lessons as often as we can. Coupled with plenty of real-life examples, the Maplewell Science Department ensures that pupils see the applications of science in the world around them.
Our labs at Maplewell Hall
Our Science Stick Insects
The science curriculum at Maplewell Hall School is broad and covers a variety of topics at KS3 and KS4, with a range of qualification options to suit the needs of the individual. At KS3 the curriculum follows the AQA KS3 Science Specification, and at KS4 pupils will either embark on the new and challenging AQA GCSE Science, or study for the Level 1 BTEC Applied Science.
Maplewell Hall School has recently adopted the Mastery System, wherein pupils are assessed on their level of “mastery” of particular topics. This means that it is far easier for teachers to determine a pupil’s level of understanding of a topic and therefore focus in on areas of weakness in order to ensure maximum progress.
Regular assessment and feedback are also an integral part of the science curriculum which helps to improve student resilience in the face of difficult content.
Pupils on pathway A will focus on the more challenging and in-depth concepts of science such as electrolysis and stem cell technology.
This means lessons will focus on exploring the reason why things happen in more detail. Pathway A will culminate in pupils taking GCSE Science exams at the end of year 11.
Pathway B is designed to provide students with a wide range of science topics from biology, chemistry and physics. The overall aim for pupils on this pathway will be for them to achieve a level 1 BTEC in Applied Science. This pathway has been designed for pupils who may benefit from a more research-based education. Pupils who may need more support in developing their science knowledge will complete an Entry Level qualification in science.
Curriculum at KS3
The KS3 curriculum has recently been revamped to match the new National Curriculum. Teaching is supported with new text-books, experiments and demonstrations. The curriculum covers topics from all areas of science.
Curriculum at KS4
The KS4 curriculum at Maplewell Hall School means that pupils will study towards a GCSE in science, or a Level 1 BTEC in Applied Science/ AQA Entry Level in science depending on ability level.
GCSE Science 9-1
The new GCSEs in science are challenging but are suitable for pupils with a particular interest in science. Experimentation is now a key component of the specification, with pupils performing practical activities that can be assessed as part of their examinations. Pupils are taught all three sciences during year 10 and 11, with the view to entering pupils for either a single science GCSE or the Trilogy qualification.