“Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.”

– Stephen Hawking

The Science department is an extremely dynamic and exciting area of the school. From Year 7 to Year 13, we work with students to foster and develop their innate curiosity in the world around them; we encourage them to be inquisitive and confident to explore the unknown and push the limits of their understanding.

Science Department Objectives

We will continuously seek to promote open-minded thinking amongst our students whilst vigorously preparing them for further education in the discipline of science.

Students will experience a hands-on, practical approach to science and be afforded with numerous opportunities to develop their confidence in the subject. Our ethos which promotes discovery and exploration, through knowledge of scientific concepts. We are committed to ensuring that every child thinks as a Scientist.

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 to 9 follow an integrated Science course based upon the National Curriculum. This includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This course is taught as a number of Big Questions which are assessed throughout the year. Each Questions throughout the Key Stage has been well researched and resourced. Opportunities for practical work and specific feedback are built into each Question, to ensure students are thinking deeply about the concepts involved.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been adapted to ensure a smooth progression into Key Stage 4. GCSE topics are started during Year 9 to enable students to get a full understanding of the content and skills involved in GCSE Science.

Key Stage 4

Combined Science (AQA Trilogy)

This course builds on the skills and knowledge you have developed during Years 7 & 8. You will study elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout the three years, with exams in the Summer at the end of Year 11. For this subject, students will gain two GCSE grades in Science (rather than separate grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Ideas are introduced within relevant and interesting settings which help learners to anchor their conceptual knowledge of the range of scientific topics required at GCSE level. Practical skills are embedded within the specification and learners are expected to carry out practical work, demonstrating their understanding of the relevance of the work itself through specific questions in the exam papers.

Key Stage 5

Biology (AQA)

The Biology A Level course is both rich and varied and from the outset students are plunged deep into challenging concepts. Students have online access to a comprehensive text book, as well as having access to a well stocked departmental library comprising both text books and current journals, as well as the necessary guidance to access current material online. There is an opportunity for a field trip to be undertaken, which guides students through the ecology unit and helps them to understand the practical aspects of their work.

Assessment is through terminal examinations after two years study.

Chemistry (AQA)

Organic chemistry is the study of the chemistry of carbon and links into biology with biochemistry. Physical chemistry is the study of the properties of substances, how far a reaction goes, and how fast a reaction is. Inorganic chemistry is the study of the periodic table and looks at how and why reactions happen. Practical experiments make up a large part of the course. These include analysis of unknown compounds, synthesising aspirin and dyes, and extracting oils from plants. We have excellent links with Chemistry departments at many universities, and can use this to deepen our understanding through practical work and visits.

Assessment is through terminal examinations after two years study.

Physics (AQA)

The course will introduce you to new ideas such as the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum phenomena. Students will also cover areas such as thermal properties of matter, fields and nuclear physics. There are many opportunities for trips and research, including a visit to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.

Assessment is through terminal examinations after two years study.

Independent Learning Tasks: Homework is an important part of the curriculum and the use of a projects and sketchbook encourages independence, imagination and good practice. Students should click the Show My Homework icon to login.