Science

Aims

KS3

Our aim is to “bring out the scientist in everybody”. As a team we are passionate about our subject and the wonder, challenge and inspiration it provides to so many young people.

Scientific enquiry is placed at the heart of teaching and pupils are expected to operate as scientists. We aim to ensure pupils’ natural curiosity is sustained and the ‘big ideas’ in science are referred to. Lessons are highly interactive with a focus on developing both practical skills and content knowledge. We will build upon techniques in practicals over the two year scheme.

KS4 – Biology Dual (Year 11)

Pupils are taught scientific enquiry skills that build on the knowledge and understanding of Biology imparted to them by the science staff, which will allow them to pose scientific questions and investigate scientific problems. Students will be able to plan and carry out their own investigations, collecting, processing and analysing their data to enhance their understanding of biological topics. We aim to foster an understanding of the relationship between science and society, particularly with respect to the moral, ethical and religious issues, often present in Biology, whilst helping the students to develop their communication skills in a scientific context.

KS4 – Chemistry Dual (Year 11)

  • The nature of substances and how they react together
  • How Chemistry is used in business and industry
  • How our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.

KS4 – Physics Dual (Year 11)

The Physics component of the GCSE course enables you to learn about key concepts relating to the physical world around you. Once you have begun to grasp these ideas, they can lead you for example, towards explaining how the technology around you works. You will work towards developing investigative skills throughout the course.

KS4 – Biology Triple/Separate (Year 11)

This subject gives students the chance to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment.

The teachers fully integrate the principles of ‘How Science Works’ throughout the teaching of the examination content and in the controlled assessment. The course helps put Biology in the context of students’ everyday lives with topics ranging from ‘Keeping healthy’ to ‘Humans and their environment’.

The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and is very relevant to students who study it. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have. As teachers of Biology we strive to imbed the moral, ethical, social and religious contexts of the subject into our everyday teaching, this gives the students a basis to understand the wider impact of Biology and also helps them to make informed opinions, whilst improving their ability to debate and write scientifically.

KS4 – Chemistry Triple/Separate (Year 11)

  • The nature of substances and how they react together
  • How Chemistry is used in business and industry
  • How our use of raw materials in fuels and manufacturing can affect the global and local environment.

KS4 – Physics Triple/Separate (Year 11)

The Physics component of the GCSE course enables you to learn about key concepts relating to the physical world around you. Once you have begun to grasp these ideas, they can lead you for example, towards explaining how the technology around you works. You will work towards developing investigative skills throughout the course.

KS4 GCSE Separate Sciences (Years 9 and 10)

Science provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Students will be taught to appreciate how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described and studied in ways that help students to develop curiosity. They will gain insight into how science works and an appreciation of it within our everyday lives.

Biology
Key Subject Content: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and Response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis, Inheritance and Ecology.


Chemistry
Key Subject Content: Atomic structure and Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes, Energy Changes, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere.


Physics
Key Subject Content: Energy, Electricity, Particle Model of Matter, Atomic Structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Space.