Science lessons lend themselves to a multi-sensory approach including auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic techniques. Small class sizes mean students have a greater opportunity to complete practical and investigative science as well as allow for their spread of abilities and scientific knowledge.
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 Occupational Therapists who assist students in the learning of new scientific terminology and support them with practical experimentation.
All students are taught the essential knowledge and skills that enables them to build upon and extend their understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They 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 when they depart Fairley House School.
Science is studied by all year 7 and 8 students (Key Stage 3) for two hours per week. While the topics studied cover the National Curriculum, the content of the units studied has been designed to accommodate the learning needs of students.
The six units taught in Key Stage 3 are as follows:
Year 7: forces, chemical matter, cells and organs, waves, chemical reactions, reproduction
Year 8: health, elements and mixtures, energy, metal reactions, ecosystems, electricity and magnetism
In Years 9, 10 and 11 the OCR GCSE (9-1) Twenty First Century Science Combined Science B programme and the OCR Entry Level Certificate in Science are offered at Fairley House.
To develop a secure understanding of key concepts, a range of learning strategies, such as cloze exercises (a comprehension passage with missing words) and concept mapping (a graphical tool showing relationships between concepts) and sequencing are embedded into lessons.
Students are encouraged to enhance their scientific vocabulary through the use of flashcards and Fairley House memory strategies. The use of transdisciplinary knowledge such as the application of students’ mathematical skills is necessary for collecting, presenting and analysing scientific data.
Key Stage 3 students will have the opportunity to build up a repertoire of basic experimental skills that will support their understanding of working scientifically as they embark on studying towards their GCSEs.
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