The Science Department aims to generate an enthusiasm for science, preparing pupils for an active, responsible role in an increasingly technological society. Our lessons have a practical focus and encourage independent learning to further develop scientific thinking. We work together as a supportive team, sharing good practice to enhance learning and teaching. All staff have the opportunity to teach all year groups.
Key Stage 3
How is the course is structured?
Key Stage 3 is taught to Year 7 and Year 8 and students will be taught in mixed ability groups. Students will have six lessons of Science per fortnight. The Schemes of Work followed cover topics from all three Science specialisms (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and have been designed so that students will gain the necessary knowledge and skills needed to progress to Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Science (Combined Science or Separate Science).
Exam board: AQA
Students begin studying the GCSE Combined Science course at the beginning of Year 9 with subject specialist teachers in mixed ability groups. Students will be assessed at the end of each topic.
At the end of year 9, students will sit internal exams in which their attainment dictates whether they remain studying the Combined Science course or begin to study Separate Sciences. Students who study Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) will attain three separate GCSE qualifications. Students who do not follow the Separate Sciences course will complete the AQA Combined Science Trilogy qualification leading to two GCSE grades in Combined Science. These students will study the same topics as those in the Separates Science course however the content is explored in greater depth in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics qualifications.