Science

Our aim is to provide and excellent science education for all our students. Developing students that can process, understanding and questions the scientific ideas that are both part of the curriculum and those they are exposed to in daily life.

Our curriculum is designed to provide children with a high level of core scientific knowledge and the ability to apply this across familiar and unfamiliar situations. We aim to deliver a high quality of education and engage students who want to continue with science into further education and beyond. We strive to ensure that students can make informed decisions with scientific information presented to them and understand how science impacts on their daily lives including their health and wellbeing.

The curriculum is designed to promote mastery of scientific ideas, with key concepts being regularly revisited and extended. This enables students to link ideas across the topics and between the scientific disciplines. Throughout the curriculum key skills in working scientifically, numeracy and literacy are embedded.

Co-curricular clubs and activities including science club, science debate club and roller coaster challenge allow students to develop skills beyond the curriculum and promote the love and intrigue of science.

Implementation

Lessons are based around Rosenshine’s principles. Scaffolds are provided to support students in their learning and challenge activities are embedded to stretch students of all abilities. The department has a key focus on the use of correct scientific language. Regular reviews, interleaving of ideas and the retention and recall of knowledge is designed to support students in their retention for external, or internal, assessments.

Impact

Students undertake common United Learning assessments. This allows us to compare student performance across a large cohort. This improves the accuracy of predictions in KS4 and allows for improved targeting and intervention of students by identifying knowledge and skills gaps.

As a result of our delivery students should be confident in recalling key knowledge across all three sciences, linking their understanding within and between subjects. Students should be accomplished in processing, analysing and interpreting data in a range of forms and context.

By the end of KS4 we strive that the students pursuing A-levels and future careers in science have a high level of knowledge, the ability to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar situations and to link ideas from across the sciences as a result of highest possible progress and attainment. For all students we aim to have developed learns that can confidently assess and question the scientific ideas that will be presented to them in their daily lives. We hoped to have developed and understanding of our impact on the world and that they make informed choices from this.

Course Details

We aim to enthuse and ignite students' interest in science. Within lessons, students are given opportunities to develop practical skills desired by universities and industry. Each year students study a range of topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

KS3 content is covered through years 7 to 9 and sees students cover the full KS3 national curriculum. Students complete regular formative KPI tasks to inform teachers planning and teaching and also summative end of topic tests to prepare them for the rigours of GCSE examination.

 

Year 7:

During Year 7, students study cells, tissues and organs and reproduction and variation in Biology. In Chemistry students cover particles and chemical reactions. In physics students study forces and motion and energy.

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Year 8:

Over the course of Year 8 throughout Biology students study ecological relationships and classification and digestion and nutrition. In Chemistry they look at materials and the Earth and the periodic table. Physics covers light and space and electricity and magnetism.

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Year 9:

Students will cover biological systems and processes and plants and photosynthesis during Biology. In Chemistry students will cover reactivity and energetics and rate. Their Physics topics will cover sound waves, forces in action and matter.

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All students have to study Science at GCSE. Students will study the AQA trilogy course (2 GCSEs) or AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics (3 GCSEs). Students in Y9 students will select the option to study separate sciences from year 10, this will be dependent upon their performance in science through years 7 to 9 and from a mid-year examination.

All assessment is terminal taking place at the end of year 11. Students will be awarded grades on the new 9-1 grading system (where 9 is the highest grade).

Teaching Staff

Mr Campbell - CAL Science

Mrs Staniforth - Assistant CAL Science

Mrs Al-Helou - Teacher of Science

Ms Asigbetse - Teacher of Science

Mr Cox - Teacher of Science

Ms Foster - Teacher of Science

Mr Hargreaves - Teacher of Science

Mrs Llewellyn - Teacher of Science

Mrs McNulty - Teacher of Science

Ms Salim - Teacher of Science

Mrs King - Senior Science Technician

Ms Porter - Science Technician

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