SCIENCE

“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.

OUR CURRICULUM INTENT


We will build critical and lateral thinkers who can use their science skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about their future. They will be brave, inquisitive and independent - empowered to make decisions that are big hearted for themselves, their families, local communities and the broader community whenever the need or opportunity arises. Scientists are by nature brave, inquisitive and independent thinkers, and our curriculum will develop all of our students into True Scientists.

SUBJECT CURRICULUM JOURNEY OVERVIEW

(Website) Science (core) Curriculum Journey Map
(Website) Science (BTEC Applied) Curriculum Journey Map
(Website) Science (Biology) Curriculum Journey Map
(Website) Science (Chemistry) Curriculum Journey Map
(Website) Science (Physics) Curriculum Journey Map

STUDENT LEARNING RESOURCES & GUIDES

The button below will navigate to a series of resources which will support the development of skills and techniques and understanding of the subject.

KS4 & KS5 EXAM BOARDS

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we follow the AQA GCSE Trilogy Combined Science specification. 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.

SCIENCE WHOLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM CONTRIBUTION

What are the core skills students develop in our subject?

Pupils will have the best possible outcomes they can personally achieve in science - this will empower their critical thinking and communication skills to:

  • Question, Observe, Hypothesise, Enquire, Analyse and Draw Conclusions.

What are the big ideas in our subject?

  • We want our students to deepen not only their scientific thinking skills but also their ability to articulate themselves confidently

  • We want our students to consider the wider impact.

  • We wish for our students to develop into big-hearted individuals,

  • Listen to each other and respect opinions different to their own.

How do we ensure we support the development of core skills?

We ask Big Questions, and encourage our students to think creatively and challenge their own misconceptions. We use real-life examples of medical ethics to encourage debate and discussion. Through our engaging, broad and practical-thinking learning journey, students build on prior knowledge and move forwards to new concepts, enabling all of them to take charge of their learning and find their remarkable.

What motivates and interests our students?

We pitch our lessons high, bringing scientific knowledge and new developments into our everyday learning, scaffolding lessons so that everyone can access the content but always challenging our brightest students so that they can never be bored. We aim to inspire our learners every day, sharing our fascination with the world around us and bringing our passion for Science into our lessons.


We offer a range of qualifications after GCSE, giving our students a broad variety of options for further study. Academic excellence with vocational opportunities ensure that our students see that anything is possible for them. We have links with many different organisations and institutions; we want our learners to experience as much of the world as they can so as to make informed decisions about their future.

How do we ensure consistency across the key stages?

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.