The science department if staffed by specialist science teachers and technicians all of whom love their subject and love their job. We aim to instil a sense of wonder and excitement in the subject and strive to deliver lessons that inspire the students to achieve their very best.
When it comes to science education, we are complete geek’s and want all of our students to become science geek’s like us!
On entry to the school, Year 7 students are taught in their tutor groups and they follow a general science course of our own design. Each topic has a dedicated homework booklet which each child is expected to complete as the topic progresses. Each topic also has an Assessment Task which is completed in the lessons and as a homework which is used to help us form a judgement about the progress that every student is making. At the end of each term the classes are given a written test and we have revision guides available for each of these tests.
At the end of year 7 the students are regrouped into broad science sets by ability in science but we also take interest and friendship groups into account. Year 8 follows the same format as year 7 but with slightly more advanced topics.
Nationally Key Stage 3 ends at the end of Year 9 and it is then when we have to submit the final Key Stage Assessments to the Government. However, we have accelerated the Key Stage so that we finish the Key Stage 3 work at the end of Yea8 (apart from a few small sections of work) so that we can begin GCSE studies and introduce more choice for the students.
The students begin their GCSE work at the start of Year 9. The teaching groups are re set again so that the ability range within each group is reduced a little. In the first term of Year 9 all students follow the same work and will have a test in January. The results of this help the students, teachers and parents to decide to follow a Double Science course where Biology , Chemistry and Physics are all mixed in together to form two GCSE’s in Science or Triple Science which will lead to three separate GCSE’s in Biology Chemistry and Physics.
The Triple science groups now accelerate the learning so as to cover the greater content in the time available. There is an opportunity to move from triple to Double science but as time passes there is much less of an opportunity to move from Double to Triple so this is an important decision time. However, should a student eventually decide to study Advanced level sciences we accept students from Double or Triple Science as long as the entry criteria are met.
We offer all three Sciences at A level and there is currently a further option to study GCSE Astronomy after school (this is also open to GCSE students). Our Advanced Students enjoy our first class facilities, teaching and enrichment activities as we try to ensure that the students really feel a part of the department.