science

Science

Science

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

Science today, more than ever, is crucial to the future opportunities available to our students. We recognise that not all our learners will go on to work in the field of science, but by developing their abilities as independent learners to question the world around them, and to analyse and to evaluate, we are equipping them with skills that will carry them through whatever challenges they may encounter.

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.

Our staff are:

Ms. K. Bromelow        Director of Learning and Standards

Mr. C. Woodward       Lead Teacher

Mrs. L. Ross                 Second in Science with responsibility for KS4

Mr. J Graham              KS3 Co-ordinator for Science

Mr. D. Wilkes              Teacher of Science / Associate Deputy Head Teacher

Mr. W. Barry               Teacher of Science / Achievement Leader

Mrs. T. Mistry             Teacher of Science

Miss. J. Hughes           Teacher of Science

Dr. H. Colson               Teacher of Science

Miss. S. Taylor             Science Technician

 

Departmental Aims

Our aims are simple:  we strive to provide all our students with the opportunity to make the best progress that they can in science.  We ensure this via:

  • Inspirational teaching by dedicated staff
  • A rigorous assessment programme
  • Effective intervention strategies to support learners where needed
  • Fully equipped science laboratories
  • Enrichment activities such as trips, competitions and clubs

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.  For example, the annual Big Bang Science Fair, which takes place in Birmingham, is always popular.

https://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/

At Key Stage 4 we offer two pathways toward qualifications in science. Most of our pupils follow the AQA dual award combined science route, resulting in two GCSE qualifications. In dual award science, students study for five lessons per week, and will receive two GCSE grades at the end of year 11.  The curriculum currently requires students to sit two one-and-a-half hour exams for each GCSE, along with an extensive controlled assessment. 

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 lessons per week. These students will sit three one hour exams for each science subject (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), along with completing a controlled assessment for each one.  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.  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. 

science revision 

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/

http://www.docbrown.info/page20/AQAscience2.htm

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