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In September 2008 a new national curriculum for science was implemented by the Welsh Assembly Government.
The new science national curriculum has moved away from a content driven course of study and now focuses on the development of key scientific skills, with an aim to make learners more independent and able to plan, carry out and evaluate a scientific investigation.

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Pupils develop their skills through the three subject areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils study 18 topics during years 7-9, and all the topics include opportunities for pupils to develop their scientific skills and then be assessed on their progress.

This year Bryn Hafren has launched a science club for year 7, to allow pupils to have a go at fun and exciting experiments that they wouldn’t normally cover in their lessons. The club also plans to take pupils out on science trips, set competitions and run the CREST award scheme where pupils can gain accreditation and certificates for their scientific skills.

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The new national curriculum in science has done away with the tedious learning of facts and instead approaches science from an experimental, investigative angle, which makes it a far more enjoyable experience for both students and teachers alike.

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Pupils will engage in many practical activities, including experiments, surveys, modelling tasks, role-play etc and in order to achieve a good level at key stage 3 they need to demonstrate their skills ability rather than recall facts.

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The year 9 topics also act as an exciting taster of what pupils can expect to learn in the various different GCSE science courses that we offer at Bryn Hafren. By sampling elements of these courses, pupils can make an informed decision about which course they wish to follow when choosing their GCSE options.

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The new national curriculum has been developed to create curious learners who have a fascination and wonder for the subject of science.

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In years 7 and 8 pupils are taught in form groups, but due to the nature of the year 9 curriculum, pupils are set, and taught in ability groups by subject specialist teachers, so that their GCSE preparation is delivered at a level that is appropriate to their knowledge, understanding, and learning needs.

Pupils are taught through class experimentation but also through the use of videos, animations, practical demonstrations etc and we utilise the latest ICT resources.

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