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.
Curriculum Leader/Assistant Principal: 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."
Teacher/Assistant Principal: Mr A 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: Miss S Campbell
"Science is a beautiful gift to humanity that has advanced our knowledge and understanding of life. I love it because it allows us to question existence and develop new perceptions of the world we live in."
Teacher: Mrs N Grant
"Science is all around us and the fascinating part of teaching Science is that I can share knowledge and ideas with my students. I can also help my students to think critically and find out things for themselves. I am not happy with just accepting things as they are, I want to know why! Science gives me the why! ...and more questions to answer…. its daring!! The potential of Science is amazing and unlimited… that’s why I love teaching Science!"
Teacher: Mrs C McKenzie-Thorney
"I love to explore and Science allow me to do just that. Science gives me the opportunity to make my thoughts become a reality/'tangible' through experiment and research. It provides the answers to my' WHY' and 'HOW 'questions'
As a teacher , teaching Science allows me to be creative and gives me a chance to make complex ideas or concepts simple for students through experiment, allowing them to realize that science is fun, easy and relevant".
Teacher: Mrs M Senior-Brown
"Science is all around us and it provides logical answers to most of our curious questions. It provides a deeper understanding of the things around us, and as this understanding deepens, we realize that there is still so much to learn. That is why I find science to be exciting - the possibilities are endless."
Teacher: Mrs C Jones-Rayson
"I love teaching science because science is everywhere. Students who learn to ask questions, observe, set up possible answers, experiment, keep records and think independently will grow up finding life challenging and worthwhile. They will also have the ability to adapt to a changing world. Being a science teacher enables me to help children see that science is all around them and that even the smallest patch of grass or pavement can reveal volumes about their world."
Teacher: Mr A Robertson
"Science allows us to process and understand the physical world and our interactions with it. We have the capability to use our innovations, observations and knowledge to change the world for the better - through medical care, environmental protection and answers to the big questions we all ask ourselves".
Teacher: Mrs E McKenzie-Scarlett
"One main thread that runs through all learners is their ability to think. This is the central purpose by which I was driven to explore the world of teaching science. I enjoy teaching science because I am able to help my students develop critical thinking skills, show an appreciation for the world around them and to seek answers to questions. Additionally, teaching science makes explanations of abstract concepts simple and makes connections with the real world. I am thrilled to help students make these connections and to share my ideas and mysteries of the world with them".
All students study topics related to Biology, Chemistry and Physics from Year 7 through to Year 11.
Key Stage 3
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.
- Acids and alkalis
- Body systems
- Elements, atoms and compounds
Year 8 students will continue to study the full range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics following the Longman Exploring Science programme of study.
- Health and Lifestyle
- Separation techniques
- The Periodic Table
- Metals and acids
- The Earth
- Body systems
- Motion and pressure
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/
All students take their GCSE exams at the end of Year 11.
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.
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.