Science

 
 
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  • Science

    Team Members

    • Mrs H Gallagher - Head of Science, SIL
    • Dr C Ashton - Second in Science, Teacher of Astronomy
    • Mrs S Bulman - Teacher of Science
    • Miss L Cooper - Teacher of Science, Assistant Head of Year 9
    • Ms L Davidson - Teacher of Science, Head of Child Development
    • Dr L Downie - Teacher of Science, Head of Year 9, Teacher of Child Development
    • Mr L Long - Teacher of Science
    • Mrs B Norris - Teacher of Science 
    • Mrs L Pollard - Lead Practioner Science SIL
    • Mrs S Street - Teacher of Science
    • Mrs K Tanton - Teacher of Science
    • Mr D Wakely - Teacher of Science, Assistant head of Year 8
    • Mr A Wilkins - Teacher of Physics and Mathematics, Assistant Head of Year 7
    • Mrs C Nichols -  Head Technician
    • Mrs R Adams - Technician
    • ​Mrs V Zarth - Technician
    • Mrs R Silk - Technician

    Mission statement

    Our mission is to develop our students’ sense of exploration and investigation so that as well as widening their understanding of science they can apply their knowledge to the world around them. We aim to bridge the gap between theory and application by helping students make the link between science and technology, and the impact they have on our everyday lives.

    Aims and Objectives

    Our aim is for students:

    • To develop a breadth of scientific knowledge that they can apply to the world around them
    • For students to be confident with scientific data so that they can view statistics with a critical and analytical eye
    • To be enthused with the love of science

    Celebration of success (achievements)

    2020 GCSE results:

    • Biology 100% (9-4) 61% (9-7)

    • Chemistry 100% (9-4) 60% (9-7)

    • Physics 100% (9-4) 57% (9-7)

    Range of Opportunities

    Students are given the opportunity to extend their understanding of Science by participation in off-site visits, as well as through Day 11 activities. Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in competitions and challenges outside the school, such as the Royal Society of Chemistry "Top of the Bench" competition, the Biology Society “Biology Challenge”, the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, the McLaren challenge and the National Physics Laboratory Rocket challenge. We also have a Science Council whose members have been involved in running revision sessions for Year 7 and updating our Twitter feed. Taster days for Year 6 students are also arranged during the year.

    Facilities

    6 fully equipped labs
    A mini ICT suite and laptop trolley for use in other classrooms
    Interactive whiteboards in all class rooms

    Knowledge Organisers
  • Year 7

    The units studied in Year 7 are:

     

    • Introduction to laboratory work
    • Forces
    • The Particle Model
    • Cells
    • Reproduction
    • Energy and Changes
    • Fit and Healthy
    • Acids and Alkalis
    • Mixtures and Separation
    • Electricity
    • Ecosystems including variation
    • Space

     

    Year 8:
    The units studied in Year 8 are:

    • Digestion
    • Light
    • Atoms and Elements, Periodic Table
    • Combustion
    • Sound
    • Breathing and Respiration
    • Rocks
    • Fluids
    • Energy Transfers
    • Microbes/Unicellular Organisms
    • Genetics and Evolution
    • Material Science

    Year 9:

     The units studied in Year 9 are:

    • Electricity
    • Photosynthesis and Plants for Food
    • Metals and Reactivity
    • Forces and Motion

    Students sit short tri-weekly assessments at the end of each unit. For Year 7 and Year 8, formal written assessments on the content covered so far that year take place at each half term (October, February and May). For Year 9. they will sit a mock end of Key Stage 3 assessment after October half-term, and their final end of Key Stage 3 assessment in January. They then complete a six we transition into GCSE unit before starting GCSE science content after February half-term. 

     

  • Science at Key Stage 4

    We offer a variety of courses at KS4:

    • AQA Separate Science - these students will study GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will obtain three separate Science GCSE qualifications at the end of Year 11.
    • AQA Combined Science Trilogy - these students will study units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will obtain the Combined Science qualification, equivalent to two GCSEs, at the end of Year 11
    • The separate science course is taught at a faster pace. It is offered to students who have shown a secure foundation in their scientific understanding and an ability to cope with faster pace at the end of year 9
  • Enrichment programme

    Enrichment Activities

    Our after-school program of activities is designed to help all students with their Science studies. The Science Club has grown in popularity as we develop the more dramatic aspects of doing scientific experiments. It runs after school every Tuesday. This is now accompanied by STEM Club (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) which once a week after school - please contact Dr Ashton for more information on this exciting new addition to the programme!

    Our year 11 revision sessions are run regularly after school in the run up to crucial mocks and GCSE exams, with catch-up sessions organised by class teachers.

    We also hold Science Clinic throughout the year on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school (3.30 to 4.30) for any student who requires a little more support to develop their understanding and confidence in key aspects of the curriculum. This is a drop-in style clinic with a number of teachers on hand to offer assistance.

    Students are given the opportunity to extend their understanding of Science by participation in visits to Marwell Zoo and Thorpe Park, as well as through Day 11 activities. Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in competitions and challenges outside the school, such as the Royal Society of Chemistry "Top of the Bench" competition, the Biology Society “Biology Challenge”, the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry, the McLaren challenge and the Nation Physics Laboratory Rocket challenge. We also have a Science Council whose members have been involved in running revision sessions for Year 7 and updating our Twitter feed. Taster days for Year 6 students are also arranged during the year.

    Useful Web links

    For information about the Science GCSE courses visit:

     

    For information about the Science GCSE course visit:

    AQA Separate Sciences

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

    AQA  Combined Science Trilogy

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

    Students studying for the AQA Separate Sciences or Combined Science Trilogy might find these documents produced by AQA helpful 

    http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/AQA-SCIENCE-GCSE-COMMAND-WORDS.PDF

    http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/AQA-SCIENCE-GCSE-SUBJECT-VOCAB.PDF

     

 

 

 

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