Science

Vision and Mission Statements

Our vision is to enable students to achieve their potential by offering engaging lessons and opportunities which develop students’ enthusiasm for Science and the scientific skills needed in everyday life or further education.

Mission Statements

  1. Strive to ensure all students progress (at least) in-line with expectations by providing the highest quality learning opportunities for students.
  2. Accurately assess/monitor student progression, provide meaningful feedback and implement timely and effective intervention where necessary.
  3. Develop motivated, inquisitive and independent students who are responsible for their own learning.
  4. Develop the scientific, practical, literacy and numeracy skills that students will need in everyday life or further education.
  5. Nurture students’ enthusiasm for Science during lessons and through a range of extra-curricular opportunities.

Staff and Facilities

Head of Faculty: Dan Farry
2nd in Faculty: Verity Flynn
Teacher of Science (ITT/RQT mentor): Matt Mitchell
Teacher of Science (Vice Principal): Sheila Forsythe
Teacher of Science: Lorraine Buckley
Teacher of Science and Health and Social Care, 2 i/c: Nikki Jackson
Senior Science Technician: Sue Elliot

The Curriculum

Students will study 10 key scientific concepts across years 7 and 8, each concept getting more challenging as students move through the two year course. These concepts aim to provide students with a suitable knowledge basis and an advanced skill set for GCSE. The topics covered are listed below.

There is a focus on developing three core skill groups throughout Key Stage Three. These include Maths, Communication and Investigations. These core skills are needed in order to access GCSE successfully. Embedding them into the KS3 curriculum allows for students to show progression as they transition from year to year. Practical work is also embedded within the curriculum to enhance the understanding of these skills and difficult scientific concepts.

There will be a small number of assessments throughout year 7 and year 8 .These aim to assess how well the students are progressing in their scientific knowledge and the core skill groups. The assessment will reflect the assessment structure at KS4 to aid transition into GCSE.

Students start their GCSEs at the beginning of year 9, opting for either AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy (2 GCSEs) or AQA Separate Science Triple (3 GCSEs). Trilogy students have 5 hours and triple students have 6.5 hours of science per week.

GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

Students studying Combined Science Trilogy will cover the three science disciplines to a little less depth than triple. It takes a logical and coherent journey through familiar and new content, building on knowledge and understanding acquired at KS3. We know that practical are not only one of the most engaging parts of a science education but are also essential for students’ understanding of scientific theory. Therefore practical work is embedded throughout the course.

Students will study:

BiologyChemistryPhysics
4.1 Cell biology5.1. Atomic structure and the periodic table6.1 Energy
4.2 Organisation5.2 Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 6.2 Electricity
4.3 Infection and response5.3 Quantitative chemistry6.3 Particle model of matter
4.4 Bioenergetics5.4 Chemical changes6.4 Atomic structure
4.5 Homeostasis and response5.5 Energy changes6.5 Forces
4.6 Inheritance, variation and evolution5.6 The rate and extent of chemical change6.6 Waves
4.7 Ecology5.7 Organic chemistry6.7 Magnetism and electromagnetism
5.8 Chemical analysis
5.9 Chemistry of the atmosphere
5.10 Using resources

The course is assessed by 100% examinations at the end of year 11.  There are six papers; two biology, two chemistry and two physics.  All the papers are 1 hour 15 minutes.   Students can sit either foundation (grade 11-55 achievable) or higher tier (grade 43-99 achievable).  Each paper is equally weighted (16.7% of the grade and has 70 marks).

GCSE Separate Science Triple

Studying the separate sciences means students will cover more content than GCSE Combined Trilogy. GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics will provide great preparation for AS and A-level, without overlapping content. We know that practical are not only one of the most engaging parts of a science education but are also essential for students’ understanding of scientific theory. Therefore practical work is embedded throughout the course.

Students will study:

BiologyChemistryPhysics
1. Cell biology1. Atomic structure and the periodic table1. Energy
2. Organisation2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter2. Electricity
3. Infection and response3. Quantitative chemistry3. Particle model of matter
4. Bioenergetics4. Chemical changes4. Atomic structure
5. Homeostasis and response5. Energy changes5. Forces
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution6. The rate and extent of chemical change6. Waves
7. Ecology7. Organic chemistry7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources

The course is assessed by 100% examinations at the end of year 11.  There are six papers; two biology, two chemistry and two physics.  All the papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.   Students can sit either foundation (grade 1-5 achievable) or higher tier (grade 4-9 achievable).  Each paper is equally weighted and has 100 marks.

The science faculty offer a range of trips which allow students to continue to study science outside of the classroom.  Time is also dedicated in the curriculum for students to complete engaging projects which help foster their enthusiasm for science and develop independent skills.

In the future the science faculty will run a higher achievers group from June 2017 at Key Stage Three. This group aims to tackle the real life scientific crises in the world today, providing solutions using their advanced skill set.  Also, the faculty intend to offer a lunch time club for students to discuss science in the news that week. This club is due to start in September 2018.

The Science department offer a variety of revision sessions and one to one tutoring sessions for Key Stage Four students to support them during their exam preparations.

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