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At Fairley House, science lessons incorporate auditory, visual and kinaesthetic approaches. In order to address both the breadth of ability and prior learning experiences of our pupils, activities within lessons are differentiated. Small class sizes mean that pupils have a greater opportunity to complete practical and investigative science. Learning styles are supported by a range of teaching methods and strategies to develop understanding of scientific language and concepts. Science lessons are often supported by speech and language therapists and/or occupational therapists, in order to learn new vocabulary or support with practical tasks. 

Science is a subject that lends itself well to a multisensory approach and experiments are a key part of science, allowing students of all ages and abilities to engage in fun and exciting hands-on learning experiences. Pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, analyse causes, ask questions, plan investigations and discuss their results. Pupils also enjoy a range of interactive science games online, to help challenge their science skills and knowledge.

Our science lessons remove some of the difficulties that our pupils may have, such as writing at length and understanding key scientific vocabulary. Word banks are provided as prompts to aid word recall and spelling, and worksheets are structured to aid sequencing and analysis of investigations and experiments.

Throughout the school, pupils follow the National Curriculum and therefore cover the same subject material as their mainstream peers. This helps to enable smooth and effective transition to new schools as and when appropriate. 


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In Year 9, pupils complete the OCR Entry Level Science qualification course. This course is designed to provide pupils with realistic targets and encourages them to develop science skills.  An important feature of the OCR Entry Level Science course is the in-built flexibility between the practical assessment tasks and the practical assessment requirements for the OCR’s 21st Century Science GCSE. This allows higher-achieving pupils to be entered for the Foundation Tier of an OCR GCSE Science qualification. The OCR Entry Level course is assessed using a combination of end of topics tests, can-do tasks and practical activities. Pupils may achieve a bronze, silver or gold award at the end of the course.

In Years 10 and 11, pupils have the option to transition to the OCR 21st Century Combined Science B course. Learners study biology, chemistry and physics using a narrative-based approach. Ideas are introduced within relevant and interesting settings, which help learners to anchor their conceptual knowledge of the range of scientific topics required at GCSE level. Practical skills are embedded within the specification and learners are expected to carry out practical work in preparation for a written examination that will specifically test these skills. This is a linear qualification with 100% external assessment. It is a double science award, equivalent to two GCSEs.