science

Science

Science

Our mission statement

To make science an enjoyable and inspirational subject that captures lifelong interest whilst ensuring students have the knowledge and understanding not only to pass GCSE exams but to appreciate science in the wider world. 

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge” Carl Sagan

Science instils a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Students who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically.

About the Department

The science department is staffed by a dedicated and well-qualified team of professional science educators.  Having a varied background of specialisms within science, we are able to offer our students a valuable insight into both the modern world of scientific research and the host of careers which rely on the skills developed through the use of the scientific method.

With a firm focus on Working Scientifically, our Key Stage 3 curriculum will guide learners through the basic principles of science whilst preparing them for the challenges of Key Stage 4 learning. The use of a diverse approach to learning and teaching allows all learners to develop their potential, and regular assessment and intervention ensures all our young people are able to make good progress.

In KS3 our pupils study:

 Cells & reproduction

Energy

Photosynthesis & respiration

Particles

Forces

Fitness & Health

Magnets & Electricity

Chemical Reactions

Waves

Ecology

Space

Students study science for four lessons per week.  They will require the usual school equipment for each lesson, plus a calculator.

We offer a popular science club for year 7 students, and run various trips throughout the year for all KS3 students.  Students are also able to participate in the annual “I’m a scientist, Get me out of here! “event. Scientists can explain recent advances directly to pupils and provide an insight into their own current research, linking cutting edge science with today’s classroom https://imascientist.org.uk/

 

At Key Stage 4 we offer two pathways toward qualifications in science. Most of our pupils follow the AQA Trilogy combined science route, resulting in two GCSE qualifications. In dual award science, students study for five/six lessons per week, and will receive two GCSE grades at the end of year 11.  The curriculum currently requires students to sit six, one and a quarter hour exams. Students must also carry out 21 required practicals in class, which can be referred to throughout the GCSE papers.

For those learners who enjoy science, or may wish to pursue science in the future, we offer separate science GCSEs as an option, giving the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics to GCSE level.  Once again, we follow the AQA programme of study. For those who choose separate science, there are eight/nine lessons per week. These students will sit two, one hour forty five minute exams for each science subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), along with completing required practicals within lessons. Separate science students will receive three GCSE grades at the end of year 11.

In addition to this there is regular homework (at least once a week), and the opportunity to attend extra revision sessions. All homework can be found using your log in for the schools reward system.  Students are required to bring the usual equipment to lessons, along with a calculator.

Whatever route our learners take, we provide them with every opportunity to develop their skills in science via a varied and enriched curriculum which, alongside rigorous assessment and appropriate intervention, ensures all our pupils are able to meet their potential.

Extras

Revision guides from CGP are sold within the department at the start of the year.  We strongly recommend that students take the opportunity to purchase one at this time as not only are they extensively used, they are also substantially discounted if purchased from school. 

There are also several websites available to students for the purpose of revision.  Some examples are:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

http://bit.ly/1OESEh3 - youtube channel