Science

In the science department, our aim is to develop a sense of wonder for our subject and develop pupils’ fascination about the world around them. We want the study of science to be a challenging, active and enjoyable experience, which will create a life-long love of the subject.

The science department has a team of enthusiastic, specialist science teachers and a fantastic technician, dedicated to providing the best science education possible. We teach a range of key skills including in-depth explanation, use of key vocabulary and application of mathematics. All of our science classrooms have an interactive whiteboard and facilities to support practical work. Our aim is to provide an inclusive and positive learning environment and we are always willing to offer pupils help when they need it.

Science classes are set across all year groups, to enable teachers to tailor their lessons for their pupils and to challenge them appropriately and facilitate excellent progress. Each pupil in Key Stage 3 has four science lessons a week; pupils in Key Stage 4 have five science lessons per week. Homework is set weekly for all year groups so that learning is extended outside of the classroom.

 Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, pupils study a range of topics across the three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Topics include: the body, ecosystems, particles, basic chemical reactions, waves and energy. Key Stage 3 is designed to provide pupils with a foundation in key scientific knowledge and skills as a basis for further progress during their GCSE courses.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, pupils will follow one of two curriculum pathways:

  • Separate Sciences, which will lead to separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Combined Science, which will lead to a double award GCSE in Combined Science.

Pupils will follow the new AQA 9-1 Science GCSEs culminating in multiple examinations at the end of Year 11 at either Foundation or Higher Tier. In Year 9, pupils will study the key early topics as a foundation for further studies along one of the two curriculum pathways from Year 10 onwards. Selection for the Separate Sciences pathway is dependent on assessment results and work ethic.

Pupils are assessed regularly throughout the course, through end of topic assessments and Academy Ranking examinations. Sets are fluid and altered accordingly, to ensure that lessons are tailored to pupils’ needs and progress is secured.

Examination Information link

GCSE Biology:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

 

GCSE Chemistry:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

 

GCSE Physics:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

GCSE Combined Science:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Recommended resources

There are a wide range of resources available for pupils studying science.

For KS3, BBC KS3 Science Bitesize is very useful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

For KS4, BBC KS4 Science Bitesize is also useful and will be updated soon with new GCSE content:

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

At GCSE, we highly recommend revision guides and exam practice materials published by CGP, which are readily available from bookstores and online. If purchasing these, please ensure that they are for the new AQA 9-1 specifications.

Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

In the Science Department, we currently offer a club for Key Stage 2 pupils to give them a flavour of secondary school science and how to work in our laboratories. In British Science Week, we have run a range of events including quizzes, lunchtime demonstrations and a big ‘Open Evening Without Parents’ event in the main hall for Key Stage 3. For our Year 11 pupils, a wide range of interventions are offered to assist pupils in preparing for their examinations.