Science

Staff:


Mrs Jill Burke BSc (Hons), PGCE - Biology Specialist, Head of Department
Mr K Law BSc(Hons), PGCE - Chemistry Specialist
Mrs P Houston, Laboratory Technician

We as a department know that science stimulates and excites students’ curiosity and their interest in the world around them. Through their work in science, students begin to understand major scientific ideas, to appreciate how these develop and contribute to technological change, and recognise the cultural significance of science and its worldwide development.

Students in all year groups take part in questioning and discussion about science-based issues that affect their lives, the society in which they live and the world as a whole.

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 8 - 10)

Our aim is to enthuse and inspire students in their study of science whilst meeting the requirements of the key stage 3 science programme of study building on their knowledge and understanding of science gained from their Primary School education.
Students become involved in many exciting experiments, investigations and activities such as building straw bridges.
At the end of Year 10 and based on their key stage 3 science examinations results students may choose to study GCSE Single Award or Double Award Science.
 

GCSE Science (Years 11 - 12)

Single Award Science (Modular)

Worth one GCSE grade (Higher Tier A* - D, Foundation Tier C - G)
In GCSE Science (Single Award), students take part in activities that stimulate their interest in, and enthusiasm for, science. We set activities in context so that students can relate them to their everyday lives, evaluate evidence collected or researched, and understand the implications of science on society.
Through studying GCSE Science (Single Award), students acquire knowledge and understanding of:
• how science works;
• how it benefits mankind; and
• the drawbacks of science and scientific and technological advances.
Students learn about environmental issues of local, national and international concern. They develop research skills as they use electronic and traditional sources of information to research topics of scientific interest. Students also make use of ICT to analyse data and present the findings of their investigations.

Assessment
This two year course has a modular format which means that they will complete one module in Year 11 and two in Year 12. Each module will be assessed by an examination which is worth 25% of the GCSE grade. There are two tiers of entry for each exam, Foundation (Grades C-G) and Higher (Grades A* - D/E). The tier your child is entered for is based on practice tests and completed module results.
Controlled Assessment is to be completed in school and is worth 25% of the GCSE grade. It involves writing up an experiment carried out in school and a one hour examination.

 

Double Award Science (Modular)

Worth two GCSE grades (Higher Tier A*A* - DD, Foundation Tier CC - GG)
Through studying GCSE Science (Double Award), students gain knowledge and understanding of science and its power and limitations. In this course, students:
• learn about scientific ideas, how they develop and the factors that may affect their development;
• learn about the benefits and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments (including those related to the individual, the community and the environment);
• consider science in relation to personal health, quality of life and ethical issues where appropriate;
• gain experimental, investigative, problem-solving and team-working skills as they plan and carry out a range of investigations; and
• have opportunities to develop numeric, communication and ICT skills as they critically evaluate data gained from investigations and present their results.
GCSE Science (Double Award) is the course to follow if a student wishes to study A Level Biology, Chemistry or Physics at another school.

Assessment
This two year course has a modular format which means that they will complete three modules in Year 11 and three terminal papers at the end of Year 12. The three modules together are worth 25% and the three terminal papers together are worth 50% of the GCSE grades available. There are two tiers of entry for each exam, Higher (A*A*-CC) and Foundation (CC-GG). The tier your child is entered for is based on practice tests and completed module results.
Controlled Assessment is to be completed in school and is worth 25% of the GCSE grade. It involves writing up an investigation carried out in school and a one hour examination.

 

To Support our learners, the Science Department runs after school revision classes each term; and in the summer term learners can enter the national “Flight Competition” as an after school activity with it’s final at W5 in May each year.

Science brings many exciting STEM events to the school each year including the Royal Navy STEM team, KNEX racing cars and SENTINEL.