The Department of Science is made up of an experienced team of staff who are highly dedicated and specialised to their subject area. Qualifications are offered up to GCSE Level including Core Science, Additional Science and individual GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are encouraged to be innovative and think about how Science affects everything we do – from how we function to the science behind our cameras and the components of the food we eat. The faculty provides lessons that are active and engaging, maximising the interest and enthusiasm of our students, so that lessons are thoroughly enjoyed and understood.
We have a Curriculum Area Leader for Science who is supported by a team of 7 Teaching Staff. Their teaching is complemented by 3 laboratory technicians who work in our laboratory preparation rooms to ensure that all of the practical Science lessons go ahead smoothly. We have six science laboratories and endeavour to promote lessons that are imaginative, creative and involving current affairs.
Science stimulates and excites students’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them. It also satisfies this curiosity with knowledge. Because science links direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage students at many levels. Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling. Through science, students understand how major scientific ideas contribute to technological change – impacting on industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. Students recognise the cultural significance of science and trace its worldwide development. They learn to question and discuss science-based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.
Miss L Miller Head of Science
Mrs S Bhikha Assistant Head of Science
Miss S Dawber Teacher of Science (maternity leave)
Mr D Gorse Teacher of Science (temporary)
Miss N Hall Teacher of Science
Mrs H Horridge Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher of Science
Mr R Mau Teacher of Science
Mr O Palmer Teacher of Science
Miss S Rushton Teacher of Science
Miss S Weatherall Teacher of Science
Mrs Yorke-Robinson Deputy Head Teacher and Teacher of Science
Mr M Theckston Senior Laboratory Technician
Mrs J Rainford Laboratory Technician
Mrs H Langley Laboratory Technician
Students follow a 5 year, spiral curriculum and topics are interleaved to enable students to continually build their knowledge and skills.
In Year 7 and 8, students have 5 hours of Science per fortnight. Studies are aligned to the National Curriculum for Science 2014, and is underpinned by AQAs Big Ideas in Science. Our scheme of learning aims to stimulate students’ curiosity in the world around them and enable to develop investigative and evaluative skills in preparation for GCSE.
The topics covered are outlined below. Each unit of work is built around the development of a particular investigative skill alongside the improvement in knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts.
Homework will be set once or twice per week
In year 9-11, the number of sessions is increased to 10 per fortnight. Science is one of the core subjects of the National Curriculum and therefore it is compulsory in Years 9, 10 and 11. We study science from the AQA suite of GCSE qualifications. Students will either follow the programme of study towards:
A small number of students each some year groups will work towards an Entry Level Certificate in Science prior to beginning their formal GCSE studies, to ensure they are well-equipped with the skills needed to succeed.
An overview of the topics in the GCSE courses is shown below:
1. Cell biology
3. Infection and response
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism
Students that are sitting GCSE Physics will also study 25. Space
There are 6 papers sat at the end of the course in Y11 – 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics papers; the length of the paper varies, dependent on the specification being followed. The student will sit either Foundation or Higher tier papers.
15% of the marks available on the papers are related to Required Practical Activities, so there is an emphasis placed on experiments and investigative skills throughout the course.
Lessons feature regular opportunities to develop and practise exam technique to prepare to independently answer the more challenging AO2 Application and AO3 Evaluation questions.
Links to specifications:
GSCE Combined Science – Trilogy https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-8464-SP-2016.PDF
Your (options with Science) are unlimited
Using science as a grounding to follow a career, options are numerous and involve both research and hands-on roles. For instance….
Health & Medicine, teaching, research, forensics, psychology, sports science, conservation, pharmacology, veterinary surgeon, design, biotechnology, dentistry, agriculture geology, archaeology, astronomy, energy supply and technology engineering (computer, aerospace, electronic, communications).
“How can I help my child make progress”
How can I support my child to make progress in Science?
There are a lot of resources that can help you and your child to consolidate their understanding of the Science curriculum. You can also contact Miss Miller (Head of Science) or your child’s teacher(s) for additional guidance and suggestions.
One of the biggest factors in determining exam success for students in Science is the ability to recall information, and as such regular revision is imperative. Revision should be an active process; some of the links below are useful to help students begin their revision.
Science teachers use Epraise to record homework, but there are also many links and resources that have been uploaded to support your child.
Seneca learning https://www.senecalearning.com/
Seneca learning is an online platform for revision. The Science element is fantastic, and linked to the KS3 programme of study and the GCSE specifications that we follow. Your child’s teacher will also have included a link in Epraise for them to follow to join an online class. Regular rewards and awards are presented to students that use Seneca constructively outside of school.
Bitesize was updated recently to ensure that it follows the 2014 National Curriculum for KS3, and each of the exam board specifications. There is a guide to each unit of study, videos and mini-quizzes for KS3, and for KS4 there are also interactive exam-style questions.
The links below are correct for AQA exam board.
KS3 Science https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p
GCSE Combined Science https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h
GCSE Biology https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zpgcbk7
GCSE Chemistry https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/z8xtmnb
GCSE Physics https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zsc9rdm
There is an increasingly impressive bank of videos on youtube that align to our specifications, including videos of the Required Practical Activities students must understand at GCSE. Please make sure that they are based on AQA when using them.