Science

Science

The science faculty consists of a healthy balance of experienced and newly qualified teachers. Our team deliver an interesting and engaging curriculum which develops students’ scientific understanding and investigational skills.  Students learn Biology, Chemistry and Physics in both key stages, learning how these areas apply to their everyday life.  We aim to ensure that all students leave school with the enquiry skills needed to develop their love and curiosity about the subject.

A wide variety of homework activities are set to throughout both key stages to develop independence and resilience, whilst also stimulating student interest.

Equipment is needed in all lessons, students are expected to ensure they have a pen, pencil and ruler at all times. They will sometimes be required to use a calculator.

Key Stage 3 (KS3) science is designed to develop core skills, building on KS2 knowledge, allowing all pupils to become fluent users of the key scientific terminology underpinning fundamental scientific ideas. Pupils will develop their understanding throughout KS3 allowing them to explain increasingly abstract concepts through recalling and applying their scientific knowledge.  Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged to accelerate their progress through exposure to unfamiliar scientific phenomena.

Below are some of the areas covered at KS3:

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Key Stage 4 (KS4) science aims to develop understanding and skills which have been instilled during KS3.  Science is a compulsory element of the curriculum for which all students achieve 2 GCSE’s.  Assessment is linear with three written question papers at each tier. Edexcel Website.

There are currently two pathways within science, the double award and triple award, with details of each outlined below;

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The Science department also provides many enrichment opportunities throughout the academic year to support both progress and enjoyment.  These opportunities include;

  • National Space Centre trips.
  • Brewery Trips.
  • National Science week.
  • Science careers week.

Useful Links:

Doc Browns Chemistry

BBC Bitesize

SAM Learning

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