Curriculum Leader: Mrs C Kelly
Our ethos is that learning should be student-led, active and contextualised. Seeing how science fits into our everyday lives and how it challenges our understanding, we help students to appreciate the key concepts, the relevance of what they study and how this can lead to a science based career
At Key Stage 3, students study a combination of biology, chemistry and physics. Units cover a variety of topics including cells, health and disease, particles, energy and forces. Practical work is an important part of science teaching and is included in as many lessons as possible. Students also have the opportunity to learn about careers in science for every topic. They will have tests in class at the end of two modules to assess progress against their targets.
Year 9 students will continue with this KS3 knowledge journey.
In term 3 they will start a transition course covering key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. This is specifically designed to bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4.
They will begin their GCSE course as described below towards the end of year 9.
KS4 students study science from the Edexcel 2016 specification. With this specification there are two possible qualifications, those being ‘combined science’ (formerly known as ‘double science’ and worth two GCSEs) and triple science, where students achieve three GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics.
Combined science is an exam-based qualification (100%) although there are compulsory practical activities that need to be completed during the course. The combined course is a two-year course which results in a double award in science (equivalent to 2 GCSE’s).
Pupils have the option of choosing a third science GCSE, thus achieving ‘triple’ science.
The Science department offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) club for all students.
The Science department also regularly offers additional opportunities for students to take part in workshops and university visits. We also celebrate British Science week every March across the year groups. These activities widen students' understanding of the careers available to them with science qualifications.