KS2 – Engaging with science
Feral science takes science into the wider world meeting students where science exists for them in the wonder and fascination with the environment and the conceptual questions such as: “What is Fire?”
While we understand that detailed knowledge of Combustion is not required for this age group, questions of this type allow us to explore some of the other scientific principles that relate to fire, and the other topics that we cover in Feral Science. We work on the basis that if the children are old enough to ask questions, they deserve a real answer, even if this is considered too difficult within the conventional curriculum structure.
Feral Science works with this emerging scientific enquiry and seeks to explain through observation and discovery, building confidence to ask the right questions. We will encourage them to search for the answers and to develop scientific enquiry, while managing practical experimentation and risk.
We take scientific principles through investigation and observation; we seek to allow students to discover the connection across the scientific disciplines. This will allow us to demonstrate how scientific processes give us a better knowledge of the world around us and build the confidence to develop understanding.
KS3 – Developing their understanding of principles and linking ideas across sciences. Providing the opportunity to learn through challenge
Key Stage 3 is a vital time for developing scientific thinking and practical skills. It is a time of transition into secondary education and some students will be beginning to identify themselves as good at particular subjects. By taking science outside of the classroom, we can harness the engagement and support students for whom a relationship traditional teaching and learnings is complex and stretch and challenge students who are showing aptitude. By using outdoor skills such as bush craft, navigation and environmental science the students will be acquiring skills that they find engaging and revealing and relying upon the science behind them.
Feral Science will use close curriculum links to inform scientific thinking and develop practical skills. We will explore core scientific principles and develop data collection and analysis techniques. The Feral Science activities will reach across all three examined sciences to build a strong foundation of scientific understanding. At KS3 Feral Science has developed programs to cover all the National Curriculum requirements at this level and seeks to challenge with clear preparation for GCSE.
KS4 – Reinforcing classroom theory and engineering and deconstructing practical experiments to identify first principles,. Extending ideas to enable extrapolation and problem solving.
Feral Science for GSE uses the natural environment to break down the conception that science is about books and laboratories. We use clear curriculum links developed into experiential learning units which will enable students to reinforce classroom theory and acquire the knowledge required for examination.
The Feral Science offering can cover a substantial amount of the syllabus requirement for GCSE including practical and analytical skills in a way that will support their classroom learning.
Our units can deliver knowledge across all three examined disciplines with a breakdown of examination questions and responses to foster greater student outcomes.
We seek to have a practical student led approach which will allow our learners to engineer and deconstruct practical experiments to identify and extend scientific principles. Our “real world” applications enable students to extrapolate ideas and to undertake problem solving and evaluation tasks. The link to the natural work shows that science and scientific thinking underpins much of human development and seeks to reconnect students to the natural world.
It underlines the wider meaning of technology and allows them to appreciate the need for better care of natural resources. There is clear evidence that connection to the natural environment has beneficial mental health outcomes which is especially important for students in KS4 as they cope with personal identity and social challenges along with the academic pressures of GCSE.
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