Key Stage 3
The Science curriculum at KS3 covers all areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Each subject is taught across a whole term with an emphasis on Working Scientifically throughout and a full written assessment is taken at the end. This structure is similar to the way that students complete their GCSE course and so they are well prepared for KS4. The recent change in the curriculum at KS3 sees an increase in the development of specific skills such as independent learning, numeracy and extended writing.
In biology, the content is centered on cells, the structure and function of body systems, reproduction, health and lifestyle, ecosystem processes and adaptation and inheritance.
In chemistry, the content focuses on particles and their behaviour, elements, atoms and compounds, reactions, acids and alkalis, the periodic table, separation techniques, metals and acids and the Earth.
In physics, the content covers forces, sound, light, space, electricity and magnetism, energy and motion and pressure.
Assessment involves a formal test at the end of each unit, and several assessments throughout each unit to include extended writing, numeracy and working scientifically skills.
Key Stage 4
Students follow one of two learning routes:
- The majority of students will complete the AQA Trilogy science course which is a double award and counts as two GCSEs.
- Our most able students will continue to take the three sciences as separate GCSE subjects.
All the courses are linear with all the exams being completed at the end of Year 11
Whichever learning route they follow, the curriculum covers all areas of biology, chemistry and physics studied in Key Stage 3, but at a higher level. In addition Trilogy students will be introduced to some new topics such as ecology and biodiversity, rates of chemical reactions and the electromagnetic spectrum. The separate subject GCSE courses introduce even more new topics and are the ideal stepping stone to studying science at A-level.
We offer OCR biology, chemistry and physics courses at A Level. These courses are academically challenging and prepare students well for studying science, engineering and related courses, such as medicine, at university. The courses all have a significant practical element, with students being awarded a practical endorsement alongside their A-level qualification.
Extra Curricular Activities
We aim to stimulate as many minds as possible with a variety of activities that range from lectures and demonstrations to clubs, quizzes and competitions. In recent years groups of KS3 students have competed in the MBDA Robot Rumble and Glider competitions and students of all ages have entered and won prizes at the prestigious Big Bang events. We also organise a variety of external trips, including in recent years Year 8 trips to Whipsnade Zoo and a residential trip to CERN in Switzerland.
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Our lively and expanding department is made up of specialist teaching staff, technicians and dedicated learning assistants.
- Dr Richard Blackford – Head of Department
- Ms Helen Bonner – 2nd in Department
- Mr Lawrence Foster – Teacher of Science & Assistant Headteacher
- Mrs Sandra Hibbert – Teacher of Science & Assistant Headteacher
- Mrs Faye Nearney – Teacher of Science & Deputy Headteacher
- Dr Alan Reid – Lead Practitioner in Science
- Mrs Cara Matthews – 3rd in Department
- Miss Clara Nugent – Teacher of Science & Lead Practitioner of Teaching & Learning
- Mr Ben Stokes – Teacher of Science
- Mr Richard Parmar – Teacher of Science
- Miss Alex Duric – Teacher of Science
- Dr Carolyn Kisby – Teacher of Physics
- Mrs Jackie Schilling – Lead Science Technician
- Mrs Jane Strickland- Science Technician