Science is a crucial component of the school curriculum that permeates our lives and informs our everyday actions. As a department, we recognise the need to inspire and motivate pupils by making science relevant in the 21st Century, in addition to exploring its historical significance. We are committed to relating the subject to real life contexts and exploring the impact it has on our daily lives.

 

The department consists of 8 full time specialist members of staff, for the 3 subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and 2 full time laboratory technicians. The subject is very well resourced within a block of 8 fully equipped labs. We also have 30 laptops, 15 iPads and 30 WordPads for use in any room. Each classroom is equipped with a digital projector and an interactive whiteboard. We have implemented software such as Kerboodle, Boardworks, Plato, Multimedia Science, Sam Learning and GCSE Pod. These are used by the department during lessons and as an ICT homework resource. Heavy investments in modern technology and practical equipment enable the department to deliver engaging lessons that stimulate enthusiasm, enjoyment and success.



Science

At KS3, pupils follow the new ‘Exploring Science’ course, which is highly tailored to both the new KS4 curriculum and the needs of our pupils. The scheme of work aims to engage, motivate and challenge pupils. The course allows them to develop ever important cross curricular skills such as scientific research, the interpretation and evaluation of scientific data and various methods of communication. We strongly believe in the development of key practical skills, where pupils use perseverance, initiative and creativity to address challenging situations; applying their skills and knowledge. Pupils become reflective and independent target setters, who are confident and capable of identifying and addressing their own learning needs.

At KS4, pupils follow the AQA GCSE specification. Most pupils follow the ‘‘Combined Science route’’, which provides 2 GCSEs over the two years. We also offer an option of Triple Science which provides pupils with separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Pupils who follow the Combined Science route study a wide variety of topics across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, throughout both GCSE’s. Pupils will also develop essential practical skills in a number of ‘Required Practical’ lessons, which will also be assessed in the terminal examinations, contributing towards their final GCSE grade.

Pupils offered the Triple Science route have the chance to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics in greater depth. As with Combined Science, pupils will also complete ‘Required Practicals’ in each specialism. This course is more demanding and requires a serious commitment to science. This should only be considered for pupils wanting to take A-levels in science subjects or for those considering a science-based career.

In all year groups, pupils are set by ability. We have developed highly effective methods of assessment that allow the department to track and monitor pupil progress against their targets. This allows the department to provide personalized intervention and mentoring, where appropriate.

The department is highly committed to the provision of well-structured extracurricular opportunities that develop key skills and extend pupil learning in fun, stimulating ways. We run our own STEM club which provides opportunities to inspire pupils in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Pupils take part in exciting projects which gives them insight into the exciting career opportunities available in these areas. They have also taken part in national STEM competitions with great success. In addition we run coursework clinics and revision classes, every dinner time and after school, A/A* master classes, a KS3 club, the Brilliant club and the Young Enquirers gifted and talented club.

Science is the key to unlocking a wide range of career opportunities including medicine, medical services, physiotherapy, dentistry, forensics, and sports science. Science qualifications are also highly valued in health and beauty careers along with engineering, catering, motor vehicle, plumbing and electrical services. We regularly encourage pupils to pursue these rewarding and potentially fascinating career pathways.

Science is accelerating at a phenomenal rate. It is a challenging, yet rewarding subject that affects everything around you and provides insight into many of life’s complexities. We are constantly looking for answers and explanations to questions around us, therefore it is important that we inspire young scientists to enter the field, in order for us to continue moving forward as a society.

Contact name: Mr D Fletcher - Head of Science


Exam links:    Combined Science: Trilogy        Triple Science


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