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Science

SCIENCE CURRICULUM STATEMENT

At Spires Academy, we believe that Science provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students must realise that science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity and survival.

 Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to enable all young people to become:

  1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Powerful Knowledge in Science

All students follow a 5-year programme which is a combination of Exploring Science and Active Learn. All pupils will be taught the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They will build up key knowledge and concepts, which will allow students to explain and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the wonders of the world. Students will need to understand how science can be used to explain what is happening, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. The sequence of knowledge and concepts develops a secure understanding. This will ensure progression. Students should be able to describe practical methods, use technical language, apply their maths knowledge to the understanding of science (including collecting, presenting and analysing data).

Curriculum Features

Students follow the Explorer Science Programme, which develops a deeper understanding of key scientific ideas in biology, chemistry and physics. Students should begin to see connections between the subject areas and become aware of the big ideas, eg. cells, particles, forces, energy, interdependence and electricity. The science curriculum continues to build upon and deepen scientific knowledge and understanding of ideas by following Edexcel Combined Science. This allows students to achieve 2 GCSEs.

Curriculum Enrichment

1. Stem club activities

2. Links with Kent University, Christ Church University, Ogden Trust Physics

3. Science museum trip

4. Space projects in Year 7

5. Science ambassadors supporting KS2 science curriculum.

6. Science career events

 Science Curriculum Map

GCSE Combined Science Specification 

 

Design Technology

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM STATEMENT

At Spires Academy, we believe that Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, students will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Students learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, students develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to enable all young people to become:

  1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

 Powerful Knowledge in Design and Technology

Design and technology offers students a chance to use creative thinking and activity within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. It can be found in many of the objects students use each day and is a part of student’s immediate experiences.

As a subject, design and technology combines skills, knowledge, concepts and values to enable students to tackle real problems. It can improve analysis, problem solving, and practical capability and evaluation skills.

 Curriculum Features

All students follow a 2-year foundation stage programme which is a combination of Health & Safety, the Design Process, materials and the use of basic workshop tools and machinery. Students build on their design and making skills where they can realise the creation of their own design to meet a set design brief. Students will start to learn how modern-day technology is used in their lives. They will gain confidence in explaining their design ideas both in sketching and orally.  Students should begin to see the connections between the various parts of the design cycle and the work they are undertaking. 

Curriculum Enrichment

  1. DT club activities
  2. Links with East Kent Schools Together (EKST)
  3. Visits to local businesses
  4. Technology career events 

Design Technology Curriculum Map

 

Engineering

ENGINEERING CURRICULUM STATEMENT

The engineering sector in the UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, creative industries, automotive, agri-food and bioscience. People with engineering skills are always in demand. Between 2020 and 2030, engineering companies are projected to have 2.84 million job openings.

 Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to enable all students selecting this option to be:

  1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Powerful Knowledge in Engineering

The engineering sector - The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, creative industries, automotive, agri-food and bioscience. People with engineering skills are always in demand. Between 2019 and 2024, engineering companies are projected to have 2.14 million job openings.

 Curriculum Features

All students follow a 3 year programme and:

  • learn about the key engineering sectors – mechanics, electrical/electronic and engineering design and how they contribute to industry
  • develop key engineering practical and technical skills, such as research, observation, measurement, planning, making, using CAD and disassembly
  • develop key skills for employment in engineering sectors, such as problem solving, design, creativity, communication and collaboration.

 Curriculum Enrichment

  1. Visits to local businesses
  2. Engineering activities organised by local organisations
  3. Technology career events

 Engineering Specification

Engineering Curriculum Map

 

Food

FOOD TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM STATEMENT

At Spires Academy, we believe that the study of Food Technology ensures a good, sound knowledge of nutrition needed for a balanced diet. It will encourage a love of cooking, offering the potential to enter the hospitality and catering employment sector and a chance to run their own restaurant or hotel.

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum aims to enable all young people to become:

  1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  2. Confident individuals who lead safe and healthy lives
  3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Powerful knowledge in food technology

All students learn how to look after themselves with at least 30 practical cooking sessions over the first 2 academic years. Students can identify and discuss the need for a balanced diet and implement changes in their own lives.

We aim to build an understanding of the industry as a whole and investigate the many different avenues that make up the Hospitality & Catering industry.

Students will build a secure understanding of how to meet the needs of individuals throughout life and how to adapt their skills. 

Students will learn how to analyse nutrition and cost in relation to preparing food and understand how to make better choices for themselves.

Curriculum features

The basics of nutrition, food hygiene and food skills are taught in the first years. Deeper knowledge is then introduced with units linked to industry and catering in action. The lessons have a high content of practical work which is supported with theory lessons on running a kitchen, food safety and designing menus. Students can study for a level 1/2 award in Hospitality and Catering.

Curriculum enrichment

  1. Cooking competitions, bake sales and designing school meals.
  2. Trips to chocolate making workshop (10), canapé event (9) and food fairs (11).
  3. Designing and preparing food for school events such as the Rising Star Awards and school shows.
  4. Additional completion for Rotary Chef, Kent Cooks & EKST events.

Food Curriculum Map