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About Us

In the Science Department we aim to develop students' curiosity and provide a stimulating, relevant and accessible curriculum for all students. We provide a challenging environment which looks to raise standards of achievement and the quality of learning in Science for all students. The department will encourage young people to develop the skills needed to be active citizens within an increasingly scientific world and to progress into employment.


The Science Team

Curriculum Leader: Mrs C Kirk

"Studying science is all about stimulating our natural curiosity of the world around us. Our vision in the Science Department is that we enable our students to develop scientific concepts of the world they live in so they can make informed decisions through a stimulating, engaging and challenging learning journey."

 Ms J Wright

Teacher: Miss S Campbell

Teacher: Miss K Wilson

Teacher/Associate Assistant Principal: Mr West

"I love science because it reminds us to look up at the stars, and not down at our feet. We must try to make sense of what we see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."

Teacher: Mrs K Pinnock

"Science is my first love, it is fun and it is the light that keeps humanity out of the dark age… you just have to love Science."

 Teacher: Mr N McConnell
 Teacher: Mrs E McKenzie-Scarlett
 Teacher: Mrs N Grant
 Teacher: Dr D Gautam
Teacher: Mr A Robertson

Curriculum

All students study topics related to Biology, Chemistry and Physics from Year 7 through to Year 11.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 will start off the Science experience by developing their investigative skills.  They will then follow a curriculum in Science that will cover the full range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics following the Oxford University Press KS3 Activate programme of study.

Topics covered:

  • Cells
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Forces
  • Particles
  • Body systems
  • Reproduction
  • Space
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Sound
  • Light
Year 8

Year 8 students will continue to study the full range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics following the Longman Exploring Science programme of study.

Topics covered:

  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Separation techniques
  • The Periodic Table
  • Energy
  • Metals and acids
  • Doctors
  • The Earth
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Ecosystems
  • Body systems
  • Motion and pressure
Year 9

All Key Stage 3 students will be assessed through a variety of teacher assessments and end of topic tests.  These end of topic tests will take place once a half-term throughout the year.  Students would benefit from using the KS3 bitesize website to help them study at home:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Key Stage 4

Year 9 - 11

From September 2018 students will start their KS4 courses in Year 9. Year 9-11  students will either take the Combined Science GCSE or separate science GCSES in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  On both courses students will study the full range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics following the AQA Trilogy programme of study.  For full details of the topics covered refer to the exam board specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

They will be assessed through a variety of teacher assessments and end of topic tests.  These end of topic tests will take place once a half-term throughout the year.  Students would benefit from purchasing a revision guide early in the course and also using the K43 bitesize website to help them study at home:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/

Examinations

All students take their GCSE exams at the end of Year 11.

Revision

Throughout the courses students will be expected to complete past-paper exam questions as part of homework. These will be marked and feedback will provided to ensure students have every opportunity to succeed and over achieve. 

GCSE revision sessions will run after school for all Year 11 students to prepare them for their final exams.  


Extra-Curricular Activities

We run a Key Stage 3 Science session each week after school and we aim to run a number of special events that will be organised throughtout the year in order to develop students' creativity and enthusiasm.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of science related trips throughout the year.


To view the Long Term Science Plan please click here.


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