Our science team here at Oak Bank have a wealth of experience in various science areas and bring an array of skills into the science laboratory.
Science is taught as a core subject and the national curriculum is followed at all key stages. We constantly strive to deliver lessons that encompass both visual and kinaesthetic learning styles meaning that, at Oak Bank, the schemes of work are designed to give learners a broad overview of the subject at Key Stages 2 and 3.
At Key Stage 2 science is introduced and taught in an appropriate way for primary school learners. At Key Stage 3 and 4 we strive to make students independent thinkers and problem solvers which will prepare them well for GCSE exams. All students are encouraged to participate in AQA awards, especially those in KS2 and KS3.
The science team plan a number of trips for student to experience the impact of science outside of a classroom. Trips have included visits to the National Space Centre, the Natural History Museum, the Big Bang Festival and the Salter’s Chemistry Festival.
In 2017 Oak Bank will be expanding and this will impact the science department with new facilities. The new facilities will include a more appropriate practical space with workstations for up to eight students.
The new laboratory will have the fittings you would expect to see in a school laboratory and over the coming years, we will build up the practical equipment so that students can take part in the same wide variety of practical investigations carried out by their mainstream peers. We hope that there will be opportunities for the KS2 students to experience at least some of their lessons in a laboratory.
The science department aim to encourage learners to:
- Be inquisitive about the world around them
- Learn relevant practical skills related to science
- Be able to critically examine evidence and data
- Understand the reliance of modern life on the work of scientist
- Be able to make informed decisions when presented with conflicting data
Science Enrichment runs twice a week in the science department and includes such activities as putting colour into fireworks, fire writing, magnets, crushing cans and making slime.