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15/10/20

Year 8 students performing their Haunted House composition. https://t.co/Qpqr0SHDqf

15/10/20

Final day of learning in our temporary building at Whatley Avenue. https://t.co/srMjroz7jK

15/10/20

Retweetd From Harris Wimbledon PE

Year 7s battled the rain to compete in the house hockey competition. Well done to Butler house for winning. Thank you to Chris from and Jack Turner, Wimbledon and GB hockey player for refereeing. https://t.co/aulvWI1Job

09/10/20

Our virtual Prospective Parents Evening 2020 is now available to view online https://t.co/IOkCi7D7cC https://t.co/dNwYIcbe5e

09/10/20

Just arrived! Our new film introducing our staff and students https://t.co/TQyHtxhse3

09/10/20

Retweetd From Harris Wimbledon PE

The 1st round of the house football competition took place yesterday. It had an incredible turn out and after a slow start, goals eventually started going in. Next week will be the final 3 games, who will become the year 7 house football winners! https://t.co/vkKpNE7oIX

07/10/20

Our virtual Prospective Parents Evening 2020 is now available to view online https://t.co/IOkCi7D7cC https://t.co/RopD5oryrD

07/10/20

Our Harris Experience students are about to embark on a voyage of academic growth like no other! Through a variety of opportunities, they will develop; gaining confidence to deliver their authentic voice. Destination: Oxbridge and the Russell Group Universities. Kudos! https://t.co/eMIUcLi7KB

06/10/20

Language leaders are developing their vocabulary over and above what they learn in lesson. Their aim - to teach Spanish to local primary school students. https://t.co/OaGplTS6qL

06/10/20

LEGO League robots are nearly constructed, now time to learn how to code... https://t.co/w8BeF99RuL

05/10/20

Students in Year 8 have been writing some fantastic essays about the English Civil War. Here’s Sara’s essay on the causes and her Try Now; learning how to write like a historian! https://t.co/z4ANQM63zw

30/09/20

The PE department leading on extracurricular sport - this morning Table Tennis! Very popular with our Year 8s https://t.co/a0o557iK6X

24/09/20

Be part of the Harris Academy Wimbledon! Learn more about us by joining our virtual Prospective Parents’ Evening on Tuesday 6th October. In addition, we will be holding Virtual Open Mornings. Visit: https://t.co/aVDzkxfjFc further information and to register. https://t.co/BnmeQHybMk

23/09/20

The first outcomes of exposure printing / cyanotypes from the Year 7 Photography Enrichment group https://t.co/AGeFf6NLbM

18/09/20

Congratulations to Aaryan , who completed the GSL Summer Catalyst programme over the summer. Aaryan worked extremely hard to achieve all six certificates. Well done! https://t.co/0rGP2SvWSZ

17/09/20

Extracurricular clubs kicked off this week! We’ve had a range of clubs from Netball to Scientific Drawing where students have learnt to draw an anatomically correct heart - complete with a real heart to inspire! https://t.co/j3Mxh19gdx

15/09/20

An update from the new build! https://t.co/vZrrXwLyPO

06/09/20

For those using the coach service from South Wimbledon, students should arrive for their designated departure time. School will officially start at 10.30am but students arriving on their own at HAMD should aim to be at the school for 10am.

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Science is the study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Science is continually refining and expanding our knowledge of the universe, and as it does it leads to new questions for future investigation. Science will never be ‘finished’. All students should gain a level of scientific competency allowing them to succeed in all areas of their life. We have created a curriculum that offers our students the opportunity to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge. Students will also develop a range of skills, including scientific enquiry, literacy, numeracy and evaluation. Students are encouraged to use and apply their knowledge to understand new and unfamiliar concepts and use logic reasoning to make informed decisions and form rational explanations.

Even more importantly, we teach about the world as it currently is, how populations and products are developed, real problems faced by humans and our moral obligations to the planet. Our curriculum is designed to teach from a positive perspective, to show how the development of scientific technology has saved lives and protects environments for future generations.

The Science curriculum must:

  • ensure all students develop a deep knowledge and understanding across Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • ensure all students understand how to work like a scientist – able to plan an investigation that will allow valid conclusions to be drawn
  • ensure all students can evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively
  • ensure all students understand how to collect, present and interpret data
  • ensure all students understand that every effect has one or more cause and who can make informed decisions about everyday Science contexts e.g. evaluating side effects versus benefits of vaccines, understanding the need to recycle and cut down CO2 emissions, understanding the importance of energy efficiency when purchasing electrical devices
  • ensure all students use Scientific vocabulary, including the use of scientific nomenclature and units and mathematical representations.

The aim of the key stage 3 Science curriculum is to spark an interest in Science from the beginning of Year 7, extend key stage 2 knowledge and support students throughout key stage 3 towards GCSE and A-level success. Our key stage 3 curriculum is designed to foster a love of Science and develop a breadth of scientific knowledge across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are taught to understand what it means to work like a scientist through practical tasks in which they a required to plan investigations and collect, interpret and evaluate data. Students are encouraged to use their scientific knowledge to describe and explain phenomena they notice in the world around them.

The key stage 3 curriculum is mapped in a spiral design. Topics are interleaved between year groups and get progressively harder. The curriculum builds upon the content taught at key stage 2 and prepares students for success at key stage 4. Working-scientifically-skills are taught across all topics and it is expected that lessons have a practical element when possible. A required practical is built into every topic to mirror the required practical elements found at key stage 4.

Lessons are not tiered despite some students taking the higher or foundation assessments. This is so all students will finish key stage 3 with the fundamental core knowledge needed to excel at GCSE. However, it is expected that higher ability students will have opportunities to deepen their understanding rather than accelerate through the curriculum.

The key stage 4 Science curriculum aims to build upon the breadth of knowledge gained at key stage 3 so a depth of knowledge and understanding across Biology, Chemistry and Physics is developed. Students are challenged to understand that every effect has one or more cause and are taught to evaluate scientific claims through critical analysis of methodology, evidence and conclusions. Students are encouraged to understand how to apply their scientific knowledge to make informed decisions about everyday Science contexts and should finish key stage 4 confident in the use of scientific vocabulary and nomenclature.

The key stage 4 curriculum builds upon the knowledge learned at key stage 3. The Science scheme of work follows the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy specification with approximately 60% of students in each cohort expected to follow the separate Sciences:  Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Throughout Year 9 all students will be taught the higher content so they are not limited to the foundation tier of study. During Years 10 and 11 students will follow either the foundation or higher scheme of work, however students may move from one to the other depending on their progress.