Science

Staff

Mrs R Tindall (Subject Leader)
Miss A Baynes            Mr L Hunter           
Mr E Denis   Mrs L King
 Mr P Dukes Dr N Tindall
Mrs M Hill Ms A Wolfenden
Miss P Finney (Technician)     

 

Department Overview

Science is a rapidly progressing subject where we aim to prepare all students with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding to make sense of the evolving scientific world around them.

We seek to:

  • Foster the spirit of scientific enquiry
  • Relate subject knowledge to the world around the pupils
  • Develop safe and investigative practical skills
  • Explain the technological and environmental applications of science
  • Explore the economic, ethical and social implications of scientific developments
  • Challenge preconceptions and engage pupils with the scientific world


Key Stage 3

Students follow a two year KS3 course, designed to develop not only scientific knowledge but also the skills needed to work scientifically. This knowledge and skills base provides the stepping stones for the GCSE course.

Students are assessed through summative, termly tests which include the most recent biology, chemistry and physics topic studied. In addition there will also be a range of formative assessments. These include presentations, models, information leaflets, brochures, project work and practical investigations.

Year 7 Topics Year 8 Topics
  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • Reactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space
  • Health and lifestyle
  • Ecosystem processes
  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • Periodic Table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and Acids
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion & Pressure

Key Stage 4

Year 9/10

We currently teach the GCSE courses in Year 9 and offer two alternative GCSE routes. The current Year 9 and 10 students are working towards GCSE 2016 and are following the AQA specification. There will be two routes through this course, Trilogy - where students study a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, achieving two grades at the end of Year 11, and Separate Science, with students achieving three separate grades, one for Biology, one for Chemistry and one for Physics.

As all colleges and universities accept two science qualifications to study science post 16 and post 18, the majority of our students study the Trilogy (2 science qualification) option. Triple science will now be an option for those students in year 9 who have a great passion to spend more of their time studying science.

All students have to complete required practical work set by the exam board which they can be assessed on in their final exams. All grades are achieved through terminal examinations at the end of year 11. There is no coursework to be submitted.

Year 11

Students follow OCR Twenty First Century Science.

The majority of our students study two separate GCSE sciences, Core Science and Additional Science, which build on the knowledge and skills from core science. Both courses are examined through terminal papers in June of Year 11.

Each GCSE has a controlled assessment element worth 25% of the total marks. The task changes each year and is set by the exam board.

  • Core science controlled assessment consists of a Case study and a Practical data analysis task. These are completed in Year 10.
  • Additional science controlled assessment comprises of a single scientific investigation

Students are assessed throughout each topic. When a GCSE topic has been completed, students are tested on a past exam paper in order to gain experience of the type of questions they may be presented with on the topic, and to assess their level of understanding. Students are also assessed through a range of formative assessments which include presentations, models, information leaflets, brochures, project work and practical investigations.

Triple Science is aimed for students wanting to study Science at degree level, studying three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Controlled assessment is worth 25%, with students completing a practical investigation for each of the three sciences.  Traditionally, the Biology course is examined and completed in June of Year 10.

Units Studied
B1 - You and Your Genes C1 - Air Quality P1 - Earth and Universe Core Science Units
B2 - Keeping Healthy C2 - Material Choices P2 - Radiation and Life
B3 - Life on Earth C3 - Chemicals in our Lives P3 - Sustainable Energy
B4 - Processes of Life C4 - Chemical Patterns P4 - Explaining Motion Additional Science Units
B5 - Growth and Development C5 - Chemicals of the Natural Environment P5 - Electric Circuits
B6 - Brain and Mind C6 - Chemical Synthesis P6 - Radioactive Material
B7 - Further Biology C7 - Further Chemistry P7 - Further Physics Triple Science Only (In addition to units 1-6)

 

Other GCSE Courses

In addition to the ‘traditional GCSE courses, the Science Department also runs the following courses that can be selected as a GCSE options :

  • GCSE Psychology (OCR) –  Miss Baynes.

The course looks into the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Students study psychology at an introductory level, however they gain enough insight into the subject to enable them to develop a rounded knowledge of key psychological approaches, processes and issues.

  • BTEC (Edexcel) Health and Social Care - Mrs King and Mrs Sawyer

This course is designed to give enable students to a broad knowledge and understanding of and develop skills in the health and social care sector. The course consists of four modules; Values in Health and Social Care, Equality and Diversity and Health Promotion are all assessed with coursework. Human Growth and Development is assessed via an external exam.

  • BTEC Children's play, learning and development. – Mrs K Tattersall 

This course looks at the essentials of child development and helps you to gain an understanding of development, play and the early years setting, investigating such questions as why 2 year olds often play alone, but 4 year olds love being with other children?

Additional trips and clubs.

The department also runs several clubs, such as the Year 7 Science Club and the popular Young Zoologist Club. allowing students to work closely with the small animals within the department, ranging from a tortoise to the degus. As well as caring for the animals, with the opportunity to look after them in the school holidays, the students also broaden their understanding of animal  welfare and zoology.

In addition to clubs and trips, the department has been involved in many STEM activities, working collaboratively with the Technology and Maths departments on many ventures over a range of year groups.

The department also runs various trips which include:

  • A visit to meet Helen Sharman (the first British woman in Space)
  • Science Life Centre in Newcastle
  • Durham University Science Fair
  • Brain Cox – Stargazing Live
  • STEM Lecture by Lord Professor Robert Winston 

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