Finding out how things work.
Science is a key element of a rounded education. As human knowledge develops, individuals who lack a basic understanding of scientific principles are at more and more of a disadvantage. In science we give pupils an understanding of fundamental principles and then develop that further to enable pupils to use scientific knowledge in their future careers and lives.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 pupils are given an introduction to laboratory work and are tested before they are put in sets where they can make maximum progress. Through the rest of Year 7 and 8 pupils are given a thorough grounding in biology, chemistry and physics which enables them to do the AQA entry level certificate (ELC) in Year 9. The ELC is a fully recognized qualification covering all three sciences which stresses the practical work that will be the foundation of Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
Pupils have a choice of routes to continue to study science at Key Stage 4. Both choices allow further study of science post-16.
Pupils have the option to study AQA GCSE biology, chemistry and physics as three distinct subjects. This choice gives the greatest in depth study of the three subjects and pupils will do three modules in each subject with the first two modules matching what is studied in double award and the third being a module which takes their knowledge further and deeper. This choice requires a significant commitment and will mean that one of their options choices will be science.
Pupils who do not want to do triple science will follow the AQA double award GCSE course where they will study two modules each of biology, chemistry and physics. This course gives a good grounding in science and is the course that most pupils follow, it does not take up one of the pupil’s option choices.
In both cases practical work is a significant part of the work, pupils are required to complete a range of 10-12 practical experiments in each subject. While pupils have no coursework to submit there will be exam questions which test what pupils have learned by carrying out the practical activities.
The science department looks for ways to enrich pupil learning, such as college and work-place visits, visits to museums and outdoor practical work where possible. Revision sessions are available and well attended in Year 11 and there are opportunities to carry out further practical work to develop skills.
Head of Department
Mrs N Moss