Science

Science is a subject which encourages students to be inquisitive and to investigate the world around them. The Science Department at HIllsview Academy aim to provide our students with a stimulating and challenging learning environment where they can develop the critical and investigative skills needed to achieve their goals in this key subject, using real world context.

We believe every students should feel valued and supported in every aspect of their learning and aim for an inclusive classroom working environments. We aim to make topics interesting and aim to ignite the pupils curiosity about the world around them. We use practical work to help develop essential investigative skills and show how to critically look at the evidence provided to them in everyday situations with a critical perspective.

The science department consists of five dedicated science teachers and one technician. Each teacher works from their own fully equipped laboratory.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and 8 students follow the AET scheme of work which links to the AQA science syllabus. This allows students to build knowledge, achieve mastery goals and be fully equipped for success at GCSE. Topics included within Key Stage 3 cover all three science (biology, chemistry and physics) they include cells; reproduction; atoms, compounds and mixtures; forces; magnetism

Key Stage 4

In Years 9, 10, and 11 students follow the AQA combined science trilogy or AQA separate science routes.

Students who are placed on the trilogy route they will work to achieve a double science award, equivalent to two GCSEs. Those who follow the separate science route will work towards achieving GCSE qualifications in biology, chemistry and physics. Topics covered within the AQA GCSE syllabus include; cell biology, organisation, atomic structure, periodic table, forces and electricity.

Extracurricular activities

We have a weekly STEM/Lego club, who compete in regional competitions.

We run weekly P6 intervention sessions for Y11 and other pupils who we feel may benefit.

We are continually building links with our local primary schools, and currently have a regular slot where they can utilise the experience of our science staff and use our excellent facilities. We have linked the activities with the primary syllabus and currently have a rotation of three year groups visiting us. They have also joined us for special events eg the Kielder Planetarium visit earlier this year.

Subject Teachers

Mrs M Clarke (Curriculum Leader of Science) - mclarke@hillsviewacademy.org

Ms S Holmes - sholmes@hillsviewacademy.org

Ms H Norton - hnorton@hillsviewacademy.org

Dr M Robinson - mrobinson@hillsviewacademy.org