The study of science fires pupils' curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modeling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.
At Key Stage 3
In Year 7 and 8 pupils study a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics through small units of study. The units covered are:
- Acids and Alkalis
- Variations and Differences
- Chemical Reactions
- Heating & Cooling
- Periodic Table
- Keeping Healthy
- Reactions of Metals
These are arranged so assessment occurs through small modular test and larger combined tests at the end of three modules. In addition to written tests, pupils' scientific skills are developed and assessed through practical work.
At Key Stage 4
For pupils working towards AQA GCSE Science A and AQA GCSE Additional Science, units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are examined and are worth 75% of each final grade, with a Controlled Assessment (ISA) making up the final 25% in each. 2 GCSEs are awarded.
Units B1, C1 and P1 are completed for the GCSE Science with B2, C2 and P2 for the Additional Science.
Pupils working towards Separate Sciences are examined in the same units as above with 3 extra units B3, C3, and P3 an ISA completed for each Science. Details of the units are below:
B1: Health, Nervous system, Hormones, Drugs, Adaptations, Energy & Biomass, Waste Materials, Genetics and Evolution.
B2: Cell transport, Tissues & Organs, Photosynthesis, The Environment, Proteins, Respiration, Cell Division & Inheritance and Speciation.
B3: Movement of Molecules In and Out of Cells, Transport Systems in Plants & Animals, Homeostasis and Humans & Their Environment.
C1: Fundamental ideas in Chemistry, Metals, Crude Oil, Changes in the Earth and the Environment.
C2: Structure and Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry, Rates of Reaction, Acids and Bases, Electrolysis.
C3: The Periodic Table, Water, Calculating Energy Changes, Analysis and Quantitative Chemistry, Reversible Reactions, Organic Chemistry.
P1: Energy Transfers, Energy Efficiency, Power, Electricity Generation, The Electromagnetic Spectrum and The Origin of the Universe.
P2: Forces, Kinetic Energy, Electrical Circuits, Safe Electricals, Radioactivity and Nuclear Fission and Fusion.
P3: Lenses, Moments, Hydraulics, Motors and Transformers.
Success in GCSE Separate Sciences provides a strong platform for progress onto A-level courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Achieving B grades or higher in GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science are also suitable for this progression.
At Key Stage 5
Pupils have the opportunity to study AQA A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students wishing to follow a vocational route can choose to study LEVEL 3 BTEC Applied Science which is the equivalent of between 1-3 A levels .
The Science department are:
Mr I McDaid - Head of Faculty - Science
Dr L LaPensee, Mrs T Metcalfe, Mr D Wilde, Mr R Gray, Miss A Elson, Miss V Fowler, Mr J Angus, Mr A Kelly & Mr C Arnold