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Science

The department has a fantastic mix of experience, knowledge and dynamism, consisting of the following staff:
  •  Mr. Patchett- Head of Department. Teacher of Physics across all Key Stages and teacher of Science at Key Stage 3
  • Miss Whild- Assistant Head of Science with Key Stage 4 responsibilities. Teacher of Biology across all Key Stages and Teacher of Applied Science at A level, and Teacher of Science at Key Stage 3.
  • Mr Creevy- Assistant Head of Science with Key Stage 3 responsibilities. Teacher of Chemistry across all Key Stages, and Teacher of Science at Key Stage 3.
  • Mrs Lloyd- Teaching and Learning responsibilities within the Applied Science Department. Teacher of Applied Science/Biology at A level and Biology at KS4, and Science Teacher at Key Stage 3.
  • Mr Frobisher- Teacher of Chemistry across all Key Stages.  Senior Leadership responsibilities.
  • Miss Hegarty- Teacher of Biology across all Key Stages and Teacher of Science across Key Stage 3.
  • Mrs Fairclough- Teacher of Chemistry across all Key Stages and Applied Science at A-level.  Teacher of Science at Key Stage 3.
  • Mr Woolly- Teacher of Chemistry and Physics across Key Stage 3 and 4. eacher of Science at Key Stage 3.
  • Mr Chowdhury- Teacher of Chemistry and Physics across Key Stage 3 and 4. eacher of Science at Key Stage 3.
  • Mrs Anderson- Senior Lab Technician
  • Mrs Burfoot- Lab Technician.
In Science, the staff are passionate about science and committed (through relevant and engaging lessons) in their desire to instil a sense of interest and intrigue into all pupils. Through the experience of practical work, students learn many different skill that can be valuable not only for academic success but also useful beyond the classroom.  The staff have many years of teaching the AQA specifications at GCSE (and follow either the Combined Science –Trilogy course or the Separate Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). AQA is the specification also studied in the Post 16 curriculum.

 

Year 7

This document outlines the topics taught in each term through Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9), along with an overview of how assessments will take place.

Biology  Chemistry Physics

Cells and Organisation

The Healthy Body

Particles, Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Pure and Impure Substances

Space Physics

Magnetism

During the year, pupils will be assessed through mid-topic assessments and end of topic tests.

At the end of the year, pupils will be assessed with an end of year exam.

Year 8

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Body Systems

Reproduction

Chemical Reactions

The Periodic Table

Energy

Electricity

During the year, pupils will be assessed through mid-topic assessments and end of topic tests.

At the end of the year, pupils will be assessed with an end of year exam.

Year 9

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Biology

Plants and Photosynthesis

Genetics and Variation

Diet and Drugs

Immunology (GCSE topics).

Chemistry

Materials

Earth and Atmosphere

Atomic Structure

Limestone (GCSE topics).

Physics

Using Forces

Magnetism

Radioactivity and Nuclear Physics (GCSE topics).

During the year, pupils will be assessed through mid-topic assessments and end of topic tests.

At the end of the year, pupils will be assessed with an end of year exam.

Key Stage 4 Chemistry

GCSE Chemistry 8462 gives students the opportunity to gain a good understanding of:

  • the nature of substances and how they react together
  • how Chemistry is used in business and industry
  • how our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.

The specification is designed to help students understand how to formulate a scientific approach to understanding and explaining the world and solving problems. This means that the 'Working Scientifically' approach is integrated throughout the specification.

The specification is structured in a way that starts with the fundamental ideas in Chemistry, putting the building blocks in place. This enables students to develop an understanding of topics such as chemical structures and their properties, chemical reactions and how to analyse substances.

Key Stage 4 Biology

GCSE Biology 8461 gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment.

The specification integrates the principles of 'Working Scientifically' throughout the units and in the Required Practicals. The course helps put Biology in the context of students' everyday lives with topics ranging from 'Keeping healthy' to 'Humans and their environment'.

The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have.

Key Stage 5 Chemistry

What You Study

The course takes familiar concepts introduced in GCSE such as: The Periodic table; Alkanes; Atomic structure; rates of reaction; and the Mole, and examines them in much greater detail. We place a greater emphasis on understanding the fundamental principles and encourage you to ask and explore why chemistry happens. Following on from GCSE ‘Working Scientifically’ you will consider technological applications of chemistry and debate its social, economic and environmental applications. The second year course extends year 12 topics and links together existing and new concepts to provide an overview of the whole course.

We use a variety of engaging teaching methods including ICT led activities, research tasks, problem solving activities, discussions and practicals. Practical skills are now an assessed part of the course and we give students numerous opportunities to practice these. There are opportunities for group work, however students must be self-motivated and prepared to work individually especially out of lesson time.

The department has experienced teaching staff who are both enthusiastic and committed to the teaching of Chemistry in an understandable and enjoyable way.

There are countless opportunities to continue studying Chemistry at University either as a general Chemistry course, such as pure Chemistry or specialising in an area of interest such as Industrial based Applied Chemistry or Chemical Engineering; or combined with such diverse subjects as Modern Foreign Languages, Law or Business Management.