Lighthouse School

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Why is it important to our students’ futures?

Science helps us to develop a deeper understanding of the world and how it works. At Lighthouse School, science focusses on understanding across all the scientific disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) in a practical way that both satisfies and fosters curiosity. Students also acquire practical skills to help them plan and carry out experiments, analyse data, evaluate and develop conclusions based on their learning. We develop the students’ problem-solving skills and understanding of the scientific method in a way that benefits them across all their other subjects in school. Science enables the students to be creative and question the world around them, as well as delivering scientific skills for everyday life (e.g. understanding health and disease, how to calculate electricity bills, and how to wire a plug).

What does Science look like in Lighthouse School?

  • We have a spiral curriculum that supports our learners in retaining learning and building on concepts. This coincides with the research which identifies this as the most effective way of supporting autistic learners with generalising skills.
  • We deliver Entry Level Certificate (1-3), Crest awards, OCR Cambridge Technical Level 2 (GCSE equivalent), OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (A-level equivalent). This broad range of courses fits our students’ wide range of abilities and needs. We also offer Engineering as an additional Option and implement a mixture of CREST awards and OCR Level 2 Cambridge Nationals. *We celebrate Science across the school with a yearly STEM week that all subjects and students are involved with. This is adapted to the needs and interests of our students.
  • We engage the students with STEM projects. This includes the ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers’ Robotics Challenge – in which Lighthouse competes nationally against mainstream schools.
  • Our Science teacher consults and advises external organisations on specialist STEM education. For example, she spoke about under-represented audiences at the Tomorrow’s Engineers Conference and helped engage with the BSA to make access to CREST awards at higher levels easier for students with SEND.
  • Science has strong links with other subjects. E.g. CSI project with English, applying Compound Measure from Maths.
  • Students can also choose to study Engineering in KS4 and KS5 (the curriculum is below. This is integrated into the Science curriculum in KS3 and is an option subject - taught to Level 2 - in KS4 and KS5.

What visitors/enrichment activities take place in the subject?

  • Students visited a local university to see how they could pursue further education in Science
  • Students accessed The Big Bang Fair with multiple speakers visiting for celebrations in school.
  • Students participate in the Tomorrow’s Engineers Robotics competition.

What have students gone on to achieve in the subject?

  • Last year our largest number of students achieved their Entry Level in Science.
  • The vast majority of students achieved excellent Level 2 results with more students achieving Level 2 in Science than any other core subject.
  • Lighthouse students won the regional final in the Robotics Challenge and competed Nationally. Lighthouse is recognised as being one of the top 25 schools in the country for robotics.*

Science Curriculum:

Subject Topic Key Stage Year Level Linked Subject
Science Heating and Cooling KS3 1 All Maths
Science STEM Project KS3 1 All Engineering. Computing, English
Science Cells/The Human Body/ Skeletons and Movement KS3 1 All RSHE, Horticulture
Science Simple Chemical Reactions/Particles KS3 1 All Food Tech
Science Forces/Pressure KS3 1 All Computing
Science Animal Adaptation/Ecology KS3 1 All Horticulture
Science Space KS3 2 All Maths
Science STEM Project KS3 2 All Engineering. Computing, English
Science Metals/Acids and Alkalis KS3 2 All Maths
Science Variation/Inheritance KS3 2 All RSHE
Science Breathing/Digestion KS3 2 All PE, Food Tech
Science Periodic Table and  Pure/Impure Substances KS3 2 All Food Tech
Science Microbes and Disease/Healthy Living KS3 3 All RSHE, Food Tech
Science Energy Transfers/Energetics KS3 3 All Maths
Science Sound/Light KS3 3 All Maths
Science Reproduction KS3 3 All RSHE, Wellbeing
Science STEM Project KS3 3 All Engineering. Computing, English
Science Respiration/Photosynthesis KS3 3 All Horticulture
Science Chemistry 2 – Chemical Reactions, Acids/Alkalis KS4 1 Entry Level Maths, Food Tech
Science Biology 2  - Environment and Variation KS4 1 Entry Level RSHE, Geography
Science Physics 2 – Electricity, Light and Sound KS4 1 Entry Level Maths
Science Biology 1 – Human Body, Cells, and Reproduction KS4 2 Entry Level RSHE, Wellbeing, PE, Food Tech
Science Chemistry 1 – Periodic Table and Elements KS4 2 Entry Level Maths
Science Physics 1 - Forces KS4 2 Entry Level Community, Wellbeing
Science Science of the Earth and Solar System KS4 1 L2 Maths, Geography
Science Science of Telecommunications KS4 1 L2 Maths, Creative Media
Science Science of Health KS4 2 L2 RSHE, Future Skills, Maths
Science Science in the Media KS4 2 L2 RSHE, Citizenship, English
Science Fundamentals of Science KS5 1 L3
Science Lab Techniques KS5 1 L3 Future Skills
Science Control of Hazards KS5 1 L3 Future Skills, RSHE
Science Microbiology KS5 2 L3 Maths
Science Product Testing Techniques KS5 2 L3 Food Tech

Engineering Curriculum:

Subject Topic Key Stage Year Level Linked Subject
Engineering Principles of electronic and programmable sysytems KS45 1 L2 Science, Computing
Engineering Making and testing electronic circuits KS45 1 L2 Science
Engineering Developing programmable systems KS45 1 L2 Computing
Engineering Exploring lego/coding KS45 2 L2 Computing
Engineering Simple electronics KS45 2 L2 Science
Engineering Mechanical projects, or self directed project such as the fairground KS45 2 L2 Science