The Science Faculty consists of 8 fully qualified in science teaching staff and 3 technicians who support the delivery of high quality teaching and learning. The Department is led by Mr Maher firstname.lastname@example.org Students benefit from a fully equipped set of laboratories and a practical and hand-on approach to learning. In addition, there is a dedicated ICT suite within the science building and an eco-garden on the school grounds.
Students follow a modular approach to Science where all three sciences are fully covered. Year 7 and 8 are placed in ability sets across half year groups. Regular formal and informal assessment helps teachers and students know what is needed for continual improvement. The curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to:
- research, experiment, discuss and develop arguments
- develop practical skills by completing regular investigative skills projects
- use real-life examples as a basis for finding out about science
- study science in local, national and global contexts, and appreciate the connections between these
- recognise the importance of sustainability in scientific and technological developments
- explore contemporary and historical scientific developments and how they have been communicated
- prepare to specialise in a range of science subjects at key stage 4
- consider how knowledge and understanding of science informs personal and collective decisions including those on dietary choices and substance abuse
- make links between science and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.
In addition the Science faculty places extra emphasis on the development of basic skills in both literacy and numeracy and all lessons have a specific focus on one of these.
Cells and Movement
Nutrition and Digestion
Respiration and Photosynthesis
Earth and Atmosphere
Topic order may differ for different teaching groups but there are two major common exam assessments near the middle and end of the academic year
Students are carefully guided into the most appropriate core Science option for them and this will usually involve discussion with individual students. All students complete at least Double Award GCSE Science with a majority of these taking all three of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Year 11 follow the AQA iGCSE specifications, while years 9 and 10 follow the new 9-1 AQA GCSE Science specifications. Attainment in all Science subjects has been consistently high over a number of years. Our aim is that all students will have opportunities to:
- develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods
- acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society
- acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.
Cell activity; Tissues, organs and organ systems; Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and enzymes; Human biology; Defending ourselves against infectious diseases; Plants as organisms; Variation and inheritance; Adaptation and interdependence; Evolution; Energy and biomass in food chains; Decay and the carbon cycle.
The fundamental ideas in chemistry; Bonding and structure; Air and water; The periodic table; Acids, bases and salts; Metals; Rates of reaction; Crude oil and fuels; Other useful substances from crude oil; Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters; Energy changes in chemical reactions; The production of ammonia; Electrolysis; Analysis.
Forces; Waves: Heating processes; Electricity; Motors, generators and transformers; Nuclear physics.
Double award science
Includes a combination of most of these modules.
These modules are taught over years 9-11. The faculty places a strong emphasis on revisiting work very regularly to help students maximise the grades they obtain in their GCSE exams and have extensive scheduled enhancement lessons to embed learning with each year group.
- Trips to New College and area Universities to experience Science
- Extensive primary school links with regular science clubs in these
- Homework and classwork support for KS3
- Separate days for after school Biology, Chemistry and Physics booster lessons every week
Holiday interventions for identified students.