Science

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A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

The department is an ever evolving collective of experienced staff with a combination of established and new and exciting resources and equipment.

Teaching aims to combine theoretical knowledge and practical skills so that students are well prepared for examinations, and more importantly have the practical and exploratory skills necessary for life.

All students are encouraged to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7 and 8 students gain understanding of the basics that underpin their learning in the following key stages. They study a range of topics across Biology, Chemistry and Physics including cells, reproduction, photosynthesis, respiration, materials, properties, magnetism, electricity and forces.

Working safely in a lab will be a focus throughout lessons, independent and group work will be important to their development and appropriate recording and presenting of data will be learnt. Students will be encouraged to continue their learning outside of the classroom through homework and a weekly science club. There are opportunities to take part in a range of lively activities: for example; animal day, no pen day and student takeover lessons.

Key Stage 4

Students in year 9 begin to learn the specific content for the GCSE examinations. We follow the AQA Combined Science specification. Students are given the option of Triple Science in Year 10 where students decide to take Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately and be awarded three GCSEs as opposed to the compulsory two awarded for combined science.

Students will study a range of concepts and will carry out required practicals throughout the course incorporated into topics. Both courses are 100% examination.  

Key Stage 5

A-Level Biology and A Level Chemistry are both highly demanding but rewarding subjects with classes studying the AQA specification. These are stimulating and challenging courses which are highly valued by universities and involve engaging with difficult concepts and elaborate practical investigations. Both courses are 100% examination. Alongside their A Level grade in these courses students can be awarded a Pass or Fail for practical competency, which is recognised and desired by Universities. We aim to enable students to become inquisitive and curious learners with high levels of analytical and evaluative skills.

BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science is also an option to students. This course is a combination of coursework and external examination. This course covers all three of the disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and then allows students to showcase their investigative skills, analytical skills and ability to evaluate. Students enjoy the course content and benefit from the ability to complete coursework throughout the years to supplement their examinations. 

There are opportunities to join attend lectures by experts and access guest speakers from an array of science industries.  

 
How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your student to complete the homework set in lessons
  • Provide access to supportive resources such as https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
  • Find and discuss one story about science in the news per week using online or paper newspapers
  • Where possible discuss real life applications of science such as cooking, household appliances and sports

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