The Science curriculum area is currently made up of ten specialist teachers and three laboratory technicians. We have ten laboratories and two prep rooms housed in the same building.
Interactive whiteboards and a computer linked to the school network is in every laboratory. Students are encouraged to research topics using ICT in lessons and out of school. Data logging is also carried out in science lessons.
key stage 3
Key Stage 3 students follow the AQA Activate course over two years. This course is used to create engaging lessons and promotes teaching for understanding rather than covering fragmented content. Using a logical order of objectives, this course uses big ideas and mastery goals to equip students for success at GCSE. Each big idea topic contains four smaller topics that build in complexity. For example ‘Waves’, topics are ordered from simpler, more concrete topics ‘Light’ and ‘Sound’, to more abstract ones ‘Wave properties’ and ‘Wave effects’. These have been created to avoid repetition, draw on various scientific skills and use different contexts.
key stage 4
At Key Stage 4, science is a core subject which students must study. At the start of year 9 students follow the Science, Combined Science Trilogy award. By the end of year 11 students will sit two biology, two chemistry and two physics papers. Each assessing different topics. The papers are equally weighted, each worth 16.7% of the final grade.
Some students are selected to study the separate sciences, which would mean that more content is covered than GCSE Combined Science. The new AQA GCSE separate sciences will provide great preparation for AS and A-level, without overlapping content.
There are 16 required practicals that have to be done throughout the course for GCSE Combined Science and 8 for each separate science.
Exam Board - AQA
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key stage 5
At Post 16, A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics can be studied. Subject specialist teachers teach all classes in laboratories.
The new AQA specification requires all students to complete 12 practicals over the course of two years. The practical endorsement will be reported separately to the overall grade, although the knowledge and understanding of the practical activities will support the questions in the written examinations, which do contribute to that grade.
Exam Board - AQA
Exam - 100%
Special features of the department include extra-curricular activities e.g. Year 6 CSI Summer School, Year 6 Primary Outreach club, Year 7 Science club, Year 7 Science Homework club, external speakers from Oxford University and UCL, and visits to Brunel University and Imperial and Kings College University; GCSE Science live, Revision Conferences, trip to CERN and Medicine talks.