Science

Curriculum Aim

Science is the greatest collective endeavour. It contributes to ensuring a longer and healthier life, monitors our health, provides medicine to cure our diseases, alleviates aches and pains, helps us to provide water for our basic needs – including our food, provides energy and makes life more fun, including sports, music, entertainment and the latest communication technology. Last but not least, it nourishes our spirit.

It is estimated that science-based careers and industries contribute approx. £14bn annually to the UK economy. The government, in 2018, stated that “STEM skills are crucial for the UK’s productivity”. UK universities and businesses are at the forefront of some of the most pioneering scientific research and development.  This is the direct impact that a study of science provides, but there is also the indirect impact on the lives of individuals who don’t work directly in a science-related career.

Studying Science affords all learners the opportunity to:

  • Explore, discover and question the world around them
  • Develop a sense of awe and wonder, and to provide answers to the many “why” and “what if” questions of life; to answer the great mysteries of the universe
  • Generate solutions for everyday life
  • Develop their scientific literacy so that they can live and succeed in an increasingly technologically and scientifically advancing world, and can respond to the sustainable development challenges of the future
  • Play a key role in the development and advancement of our society, through creation of new knowledge, improvement of education, and increasing the quality of our lives
  • Make informed personal and professional choices
  • Expand their view of the world around them, and to consider their role as a global citizen
  • Develop their cultural and historical awareness of key events that shape / have shaped our current existence
  • Develop an awareness and social conscience about the impact of human activity on the world and society.
  • Critically analyse evidence and information to allow independent conclusions to be drawn which are free from bias and social influence
  • Consider themselves as part of a global scientific community, and through this, to broaden opportunities to establish links and relationships
  • Improve their reading, listening, numerical and spoken-language skills
  • Enhance their life chances and prospects for the future by providing a competitive edge / advantage in a globally competitive market.

Faculty Staff

Mr D Godwin – Student Progress Leader dgo@swanwickhall.derbyshire.sch.uk

Miss H Jubb – Assistant Student Progress Leader

Mr B Deaville – Assistant Student Progress Leader

Mrs L Burt – Assistant Student Progress Leader

Mrs V Dance

Ms C Foster

Mrs K Barnett

Mrs O Lawton

Mrs R Roberts

Mr J Ojinnaka

Mr R Travis – Senior Technician

Mrs A Henderson – Technician

Learning Journey

Science Learning Journey