In Science, we strive to promote British values by integrating them throughout teaching. Whilst we don’t teach each science as a separate discipline, our underlying values are present throughout.
In Biology, the main areas that are developed are :
· Enabling students to develop their self-knowledge through variation, genetics and inheritance
· Recognising right and wrong through a deeper understanding of drugs, alcohol and the need for legislation
· Accepting responsibility for their own behaviour through the human impact on the environment, particularly global warming.
· To acquire an appreciation of their own and other cultures by debating different theories of evolution and creationism.
· Respect for public institutions and services, e.g. the NHS and organ translations, IVF and Stem Cell research
In Chemistry, we identify:
· Right and wrong through processes of water purification
· Understanding the consequences of our actions and how communities function by debating the impact of quarrying, comparing fuels for power stations and the mining of metals.
· The cultural development of science is demonstrated by the evolution of scientific ideas such as Wegener’s theory of continental drift.
· Evaluate importance of recycling and the use of alternative fuels.
In Physics, students are taught to:
· Encourage respect for democracy by investigating the right and wrongs of nuclear weapons and the use of different energy sources for power stations.
· That the law protects citizens by ensuring adequate safety legislation is in place, with a particular focus on Nuclear.
· Experience awe and wonder at the different theories on the origins of the Universe
· Explore the moral and ethical issues surrounding Biofuels, nuclear and fossil fuels
· Challenge of accepted ideas
· Use of science in the legal systems.