The Science Department aims to generate an enthusiasm for science, preparing pupils for an active, responsible role in an increasingly technological society. Our lessons have a practical focus and encourage independent learning to further develop scientific thinking. We work together as a supportive team, sharing good practice to enhance learning and teaching. All staff have the opportunity to teach all year groups.
Course Content Overview Key Stage 3
Pupils are taught general science in years 7 and 8. In year 9 pupils are taught by subject specialists (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) in preparation for GCSE Science which we begin teaching after February half-term.
Pupils will be assessed at the end of each topic with a standardised end of module test.
Year 9 pupils will complete a Preparation for GCSE assessment in Jan prior to beginning their GCSE Science course after February half-term.
Course Content Overview Key Stage 4
All pupils must study Science at KS4. We follow the AQA exam board.
Pupils who opt to study Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) will attain three separate GCSE qualifications. Pupils who do not choose separate sciences will complete the AQA Combined Science Trilogy qualification leading to two GCSE grades in Combined Science. These pupils will study the same topics as those in the Separates Science course however the content is explored in greater depth in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics qualifications.
|Science content studied by all pupils at GCSE level.|
KS4 GCSE Resources
All pupils will receive homework composed of past paper GCSE questions.
Pupils will be given a formal end of unit assessment following the completion of each topic.
Pupils will sit mock exams/whole year assessments in line with school policy.
How we Stretch and Challenge our students in Science
In KS3 our pupils follow schemes of work which include stretch and challenge activities in every lesson. The KS3 course finishes at the end of autumn term of Year 9 prior to pupils undertaking a rigorous end of key stage examination. Pupils then follow a half-term ‘Maths in Science’ course before beginning their Science GCSE after half term in February.
GCSE pupils are challenged to achieve the highest grades possible in every aspect of their learning. Pupils are regularly given past paper homework questions and are tested using AQA approved end of module tests throughout the course.
Throughout both key stages we place an emphasis on independent learning and investigation as a means to drive progress and attainment.
How we support our students
Support sessions are available for all year groups at lunchtime:
- Tuesday lunch times – KS4 support and revision with three subject specialists (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- Thursday lunch times – KS3 support and revision
How we deliver literacy and numeracy in Science
The correct use of Science specific terms is a key factor in success in Science. Key words are displayed around classrooms and their correct use is regularly reinforced in lessons. Pupils are expected to be able to spell the words correctly and incorrect spellings are identified when books are marked. For practical work we have ‘placemats’ which support pupils in their use of key terms and provide a structure for the writing up of the practical, we also have a whole department approach to supporting pupils in answering extended writing questions.
Numeracy is also a key part of success in Science. At GCSE a significant percentage of the available marks are awarded for questions that have a maths component. Pupils must be confident in the use of mathematical formulae, converting units and drawing scatter graphs. These skills are included in schemes of work for both key stages and prior to beginning their GCSE in February, all year 9 pupils undertake an extensive Maths in Science GCSE preparation programme.
We offer the nationally recognised CREST Science award. The award is organised by the British Science Association and is designed to provide a framework for Science Enrichment activities. It is the only nationally recognised project based scheme in the UK.
We run an annual trip to the Big Bang Science Fair. A national event that celebrates Science and Technology through interactive exhibitions, talks and demonstrations.
How parents can support their children in Science
The modern world is increasingly technological and Science underpins all aspects of this from mobile phone technology to space exploration. Parents can support their child in their understanding of Science through discussions about Science articles in the news, engaging with their child about the Science content they are covering in lessons and supporting them in preparation for end of topic tests and examinations.
For GCSE pupils we also have revision guides which can be purchased through Parent Pay. The guides cover all aspects of the Separate and Combined Science GCSE Courses.
Parents can also encourage their child to seek support from Science staff if they are struggling in lessons. Support for each of the Sciences is available at lunchtimes (see timetable above).
Mr S. Day: Director of Science (Physics)
Mrs J. Tonge: Assistant Director of Science (Chemistry)
Mrs R. Sharp: Head of Psychology/Teacher of Science (Physics)
Miss L. Holcroft: Teacher of Science (Chemistry)
Miss L. Pennington: Teacher of Science (Chemistry)
Miss R. Knipe: Teacher of Science (Biology)
Mrs E Blackhurst: Teacher of Science (Biology)
Miss J Anderson: Lab Technician
100 Science Facts
The new Science GCSEs are more challenging than ever. In preparation, your child will be given 10 science facts to learn each week for homework in addition to other homework set by each class teacher. The facts can be found below and are separated into the three subject areas.