The Curriculum Journey

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Meet the Team

Ms Saleh

Role: Director of Science


Specialism: Chemistry


Why do you enjoy teaching at FPA:

I love sharing my passion for science with the students and the satisfaction when students understand scientific concepts and start to enjoy learning. I hope to enthuse students to choose STEM subjects when they move onto college.

Who is our favourite scientist and why?

I have too many to choose from, but I would like to give a shout out to Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev. A Russian chemist best known for formulating the Periodic Law and creating a farsighted version of the periodic table of elements.I would also like to mention Mr Meakin (biology), Mrs Andrews (chemistry) and Mr Darrington (physics) my science teachers who inspired me to choose a career in science.

Mr Shore

Role: Deputy Director of Science (KS4)


Specialism: Biology and Physics


Why do you enjoy teaching at FPA:

I enjoy bringing science to life and enthusing the next generation of scientists through practicals, particularly with plants, microscopes or fire! Science is fun and exciting and I love sharing this with our awesome pupils.


Who is our favourite scientist and why?

Gregor Mendel and Rosalind Franklin for their developments and understanding in Genetics and DNA but if I’ve got my physics hat on it would have to be Isaac Newton for all his work on forces.

Mr West

Role: Deputy Director of Science (KS3 mastery)


Specialism: Chemistry and Physics


Why you enjoy teaching at FPA:

I've always liked science from a very early age and love being able to share my love of science with students at FPA, hopefully getting them to think more about the world around them and see what opportunities are out there to explore.


Who is our favourite scientist and why?

My favourite scientist is Alfred Nobel. Nobel was the inventor of dynamite, the explosive which is used in mining and demolition. A reason why I like Nobel is because, not only did he invent one of the most popular and useful compounds, but he recognised that his discovery was used to cause damage, so when he died, he gave money to set up the Nobel Prizes, which recognises scientists who made a huge contribution to the benefit of humankind.

Miss Khan

Role: Deputy Director of Science (KS3)

Specialism: Chemistry

Why you enjoy teaching at FPA:

I love working at FPA as the staff are so committed to making sure that the five years students spend in school are educationally successful as well as providing a socially and culturally rich curriculum. At FPA, the word impossible doesn't exist - whether to do with attainment of students, or how far staff are willing to go for the benefit of students.

Who is our favourite scientist and why :

Isaac Newton. He made so many discoveries for Physics, Maths and Astronomy.

His favourite quote of mine is the following:

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants

That to me shows the importance of having good teachers in your life - and FPA certainly has plenty of them!

Miss Al-Gulaidi

Specialism: Biology

Why you enjoy teaching science at FPA:

Since working at FPA, the students have given me a different perspective on teaching. By asking complex questions and finding many ways to explain phenomena, the students have allowed me to further enjoy the subject I teach. I find fulfilment in sharing my knowledge with students who are eager to learn and I hope to one day further their scientific interest.


Who is our favourite scientist and why?

One of my favourite scientist is no other than Muhammad ibn Zakarīya al-Rāzi.

Al-Razi was the first physician to use ethanol for medical purposes. His work in philosophy, alchemy and most importantly medicine shaped human civilisation that we know today.

Ms Joyce

Specialism: Biology - especially human and microbiology

Why you enjoy teaching at FPA: Love the challenge and the positive, "you can do it" attitude.

Who is our favourite scientist and why?

Charles Darwin for his inquisitive mind, passion and bravery. I was also inspired by my Grandad. He was the first person to use penicillin on humans in the 1930s and his work helped Florey and Chain's research.

Derek

Role : Senior Science Technician

Specialism: Chemistry and Physics

Who is my favourite Scientist and why?

My favourite scientist would have to be Albert Einstein. I think he seemed like a remarkable, innovative genius.

Mr Rush

Specialism: Biology

Why you enjoy teaching at FPA:

I became a science teacher at Firth Park Academy because I want to raise the aspirations of the students and want them to continue learning about science and technology throughout their lives. It's great to share new ideas and skills with students especially when they can see how they are relevant to life outside the classroom – science can open up lots of

opportunities for them.

Who is our favourite scientist and why?

I first read books by Stephen

Jay Gould when at university, he was an important palaeontologist and

evolutionary biologist. He was always brave enough to argue his case

but was never afraid to say when he got things wrong. He once said

"There is no such thing as fish" which sounds ridiculous, but from an

evolutionary perspective he is correct (not all the things we call

fish have a single common ancestor in the same way all mammals and all

reptiles do!). Also Mr Rogers Jones my Biology Teacher and the bearer of the most outstanding moustache.

Miss Robinson

Specialism: Biology


Why you enjoy teaching at FPA:

I love inspiring students and encouraging creativity. Science explains how our world works and broadens our perspectives.


Who is our favourite scientist and why?

Marie Curie is my favourite scientist as she was the first woman to be honoured with a nobel prize and showed perseverance when faced with challenges.

Mr Hassan

Specialism: Chemistry and Physics


Why you enjoy teaching at FPA: Teaching science to the kids, introducing them to the wonders of the world through the lens that is science. That is why I love teaching science at FPA.


Who is our favourite scientist and why?

Who else other than the first black women to ever go to space? Mae Carol Jemison.

Mr Whyke

Specialism: Biology


Why you enjoy teaching at FPA:

I love working at FPA due to the diversity within our school, and helping students explore the mysteries of the world around them using Science. Being a student at FPA myself, I love giving back to the school that helped me so much growing up.


Who is our favourite scientist and why?

My favourite scientist is Sir Alec Jeffreys, who discovered DNA fingerprinting. I was lucky enough for him to personally teach me during my first and second years at University. Not so much a Scientist, but I also love Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to Science. Sadly, her contributions were forgotten due to her status, but without her, we would not have many of the medicines around us.

Miss Khan

Specialism: Chemistry


Why you enjoy teaching at FPA:

I feel like working at Firth Park has allowed me to teach some amazing young people, who build some amazing bonds with staff members. The Science department has incredible, passionate, talented and truly supportive members of staff, who are always smiling and lifting one another up.


Who is our favourite scientist and why?

Rosalind Franklin for her phenomenal contribution to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. I remember learning about DNA when I completed my A Level Biology and feeling proud to be a woman, believing that we must stand strong in a world that is hugely dominated by men

Jessie

Role : Science Technician

Specialism: Chemistry/Physics

Why you enjoy working at FPA : Science was my favourite when I was at School, and a huge part of that was the motivation from the Staff in the department. Working in Science at FPA lets me offer students the support I had, and I hope to encourage our next generation into studying STEM subjects through assisting with the teaching of the curriculum and exciting Practical learning.

Who is my favourite Scientist and why?

My favourite Scientist is Dr Buzz Aldrin, best known for being the second man on the Moon. The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised for spacecraft (as well as pioneering underwater training for spacewalks) became critical to the success of many Space missions in the 60s, and are still used today!

Extra Curricular Science

There are many enrichment period options offered by our Science faculty which form part of the extended school day:

  • Astronomy club

  • Medicamp: Once a week for students thinking about Medicine, Dentistry and other NHS courses.

  • Beauty: The Science of cosmetics – encouraging girls into Science using makeup.

  • Science Revision: Early morning /break/lunch/after school provided by some Science staff for Y11s.

  • STEM club every Tuesday for Y7-Y10.

  • Independent homework/study offered at lunchtimes by science staff for Y10/Y11 students.


KS3 - 7/8/9

KS4 - 10/11