The science team's main aim is to create a rich and engaging learning environment, encouraging all our pupils, regardless of ability or background to develop into enthusiastic and scientifically literate young people. Through delivering lessons which link scientific ideas and concepts to real world situations we aim to develop inquisitive and creative scientists of the future.
Key Stage 3
Each year students study a range of topics across all of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
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 waves and light and energy.
Over the course of Year 8 throughout Biology students study disease and digestion and variation. In Chemistry they look at rates of reaction and the periodic table. Physics covers forces and motion and astrophysics.
Students begin their preparations for GCSEs. Key ideas are covered in each of the sciences to provide students with an excellent foundation in the transition to their GCSEs. Topics include cells, organelles and key cellular processes in Biology. Chemistry covers chemical reactions and bonding. Physics involves energy transfers and speed and velocity.
The Key Stage 4 Science courses offered to pupils aim to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for, Science. They are also designed to equip pupils with the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.
In KS4 pupils will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics, working towards either Combined Science GCSE (2 GCSEs awarded) or Triple Science GCSE (3 GCSEs awarded). Pupils follow the AQA GCSE specification. At the end of year 11 they will sit a total of 6 examinations in science (2 biology, 2 chemistry & 2 physics), at either higher or foundation tiers. This new specification awards grades on the new Grade 9-1 system.
The new GCSE has no coursework element, instead, for each subject there are a series of ‘Required Practical’ activities, specifically set out by the exam board to develop pupils’ practical skills and knowledge. These are embedded into teaching schedules and pupils are examined on this, along with other course knowledge in their final year 11 examinations.
We anticipate that many of our pupils will go on to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Advanced level and to pursue careers in a wide variety of areas, for example environmental study, medicine, veterinary science, engineering, agriculture and teaching.