Science

Welcome to the Science Department.

Our goal is for our students to explore how the universe works whilst having fun.

We work to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the study of biology, chemistry and physics.

Department at a glance

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
KEY STAGE 3

The aim of the Key Stage 3 course is to equip students with an understanding and appreciation of science and scientific thinking.

We work to develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the study of biology, chemistry and physics. Students study topics in modules lasting approximately 9 weeks. Each module is assessed with all students being encouraged to clearly identify how to improve their level of work for the next module.

Students develop their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science by carrying out projects and experiments on specific scientific questions about the world around them. In addition, students learn about the uses and implications of science, today and in the future. An example would be the potential implications of global warming on our planet.

Emphasis is placed on ensuring students develop skills in handling information and problem solving using and developing skills also gained in other subjects, especially mathematics and English. Students learn how to draw and interpret tables and graphs and write clearly and concisely using scientific terminology.

Homework is set to embed the practice of ‘student based learning’ where the student learns to take responsibility for their own learning. Many students especially enjoy project based homework where they can delve deeper into a particular subject that interests them. There is also a science club, which enables further investigation in a fun environment.

Pupils are regularly assessed with the data being used to inform parents of progress via the tracking point data system. In March of year 9, students sit a formal exam to establish their progress in science during key stage 3. The result is reported to parents. This information is used to establish the appropriate courses of study for science at key stage 4.

KEY STAGE 4

Key Stage 4 all students must study double science. However, students also have the option of applying to study our triple sciences course. Both courses are offered by the AQA exam board.

Biology
Biology makes up one third of the triple science course, through it students study living organisms and life processes. It looks at a range of different organisms from microscopic to macroscopic. It studies the industrial application of microorganisms, genetic engineering and cloning. Biology covers a range of topics applicable to everyday situations and requires students to apply their knowledge to draw conclusions and form opinions. Over the two years, the course hopes to develop student’s skills in understanding and applying the core content, applying themselves to practical skills, working safely, as well as evaluating and processing data.

Chemistry
Chemistry makes up one third of the triple science course, it looks at the study of materials around us and how these materials are made, behave and are processed. It looks at a range of different materials from molecular models of these substances to the macroscopic. It studies the industrial application of these materials as well as the environmental impact of the chemical processes we use. Chemistry covers a range of everyday uses and applications of student’s science skills and understanding. Over the two years, the course hopes to develop student’s skills in understanding and applying the core content, applying themselves to practical skills, handling chemicals, working safely, as well as evaluating and processing data.

Physics
Physics is the study of how the Universe works. It explores into the atom and ventures out into Space. Scientific ideas relating to energy, forces, electricity and waves are explored and related to everyday life, including medical applications.
Physics develops analytical skills and uses mathematical relationships to solve problems in the world around us. The course aims to promote independent thinkers who are able to critically examine data and use scientific knowledge to form their own opinions.

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