Science is taught as part of the personalised learning that is provided for pupils at the DHSSS. The subject is delivered as specified by the primary and secondary curriculum through a variety of means from practical hands-on investigation, when ever possible, either in the classroom or on the ward, to the use of secondary resources. Practical science is encouraged to develop the skills needed to work scientifically and deliver the subject content. Pupils are encouraged to find answers to questions asked and begin to think about the ways in which they can be answered.
The aim is to provide continuity with a pupil’s home school where ever possible and support pupils with their understanding. Pupils are taught across all key stages using a wide range of materials and resources. Support is provided for pupils in their GCSE years with exam practice where needed in accordance with exam board syllabuses. Exams can be taken in the classroom when a student is unable to attend those set by their home schools. Attention is paid to the changes to the curriculum and where there needs to be particular emphasis, such as the use of scientific vocabulary and extended written answers.
Where possible links are made to other areas in the curriculum such as maths.