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We have a very successful science department comprising of a dedicated team of teachers. The names of staff and the subject they teach can be found on the Science department section below.

 

The Department

Mrs Dunn

Mrs Mulvey

Mrs Jepson

Mrs Merlin

Mrs Lomax

Ms Tate

Mrs Haywood

Miss Messom

Mr Clarke

Miss Petrie

Mrs Morris

Mr Wheat

Mr Lewis

Dr Benn

Mrs Fox

Miss Bevan

Mrs Howitt

Ms Phillips

Mrs Alberts

KS3 Science

In Science, we follow the National Curriculum programme of study which involves teaching the following key areas of Science.

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

How Science works

 

These areas are taught through a collection of topics which have context relevant to applications of science in everyday life. Wherever possible, practical and experimental skills are incorporated into the lessons to stretch and challenge all students.

 

In Year 7, pupils will study the following topics:

• Cells

• Reproduction

• Nutrition and Digestion

• Solids, liquids and gases

• Acids and alkalis

• Simple reactions

• Energy and energy resources

• Space

• Heating and Cooling

In Year 8, pupils will study the following topics:

• Fit and healthy

• Microbes

• Atoms, elements and compounds

• Rocks and weathering

• Electricity

• Forces and motion

• Waves

 

In Year 9, pupils will study the following topics:

• Classification and ecology

• Inheritance and variation

• Reactions of metals

• Chemistry today

• Magnets and electromagnets

Due to the removal of the Science Key Stage 2 SATs, pupils will sit a Science Key Stage 2 assessment within the first 2 weeks of Year 7 to provide us with a working level.  This will allow us to track and monitor the pupils so that expected progress can be made.

At the end of each topic, a formal assessment will be carried out, and at the end of each term in Key Stage 3, pupils will sit a block test assessing them on the topics that they have just studied.  The results from the block tests will be used to create the set that the pupil will be in for the following academic year.  We also do termly reviews of all sets and teaching staff identify students who should move up or down based on their assessment data.

 

For any further information please contact Ms F Messom (Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator)

 

 

 

 

GCSE Science

ALevel Science

Science A-Levels are offered in Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All courses are examined by OCR (www.ocr.co.uk) and are assessed using the same combination of external examinations and school-moderated practical tasks:

 

CHEMISTRY

 

Year 12

Module 1 Development of practical skills in Chemistry

Module 2 Foundations of Chemistry

Module 3 Periodic table and energy

Module 4 Core organic chemistry

 

Year 13

Module 5 Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 Organic chemistry and analysis

 

Students are assessed on Practical skills via 12 PAG activities within lessons over the course of the 2 years of study.  They are externally assessed on the 2 year content via exams in the Summer at the end of year 13.

 

A grid showing further information about Chemistry papers is available here.

 

 

BIOLOGY

 

Year 12

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology

Module 2 – Foundations in Biology

Module 3 – Exchange and Transport

Module 4 – Biodiversity, evolution and disease

 

Year 13

Module 5 – Communication, homeostasis and energy

Module 6 – Genetics, evolution and ecosystems

 

Students are assessed on practical skills via 12 PAG activities within lessons over the course of the two years of study.  They are externally assessed on the two year content via exams at the end of Year 13.

 

A grid showing further information about Biology papers is available here.

 

 

PHYSICS

 

Year 12

Module 1 Development of practical skills in Physics

Module 2 Foundations of Physics

Module 3 Forces and Motion

Module 4 Electrons, Waves and Photons

 

Year 13

Module 5 Newtonian world and astrophysics

Module 6 Particles and medical physics

 

Students are assessed on Practical skills via 12 PAG activities within lessons over the course of the 2 years of study.  They are externally assessed on the 2 year content via exams in the Summer at the end of year 13.

 

A grid showing further information about Physics papers is available here.

 

Flight Path

The table below shows the Flight Path of targets our students will aim for in their journey throughout Key Stage 3. Meeting these challenging targets will represent outstanding progress that is significantly above the National Average. We hope that in some circumstances, students will exceed these targets.

Long Term Plan

Long Term Plans for Science can be downloaded here