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Science

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 build the foundations for GCSE studies in Year 9.  In Year 9 pupils will start studying for their GCSE and will study topics from all three sciences that will be the foundation of Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4

Pupils will study one of the two routes outlined below. Both choices allow further study of science post-16.

Some pupils will study the separate science route in biology, chemistry and physics as three distinct subjects.  This choice gives the greatest in depth study of the three subjects .

This choice requires a significant commitment and will mean that one of their options choices will be science.

Pupils who do not study separate sciences, will complete the AQA combined science GCSE.  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.

Enrichment

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