The teaching staff within the Science department share a desire to make Science education accessible and exciting to all students.
The department contains 8 teachers, 3 technicians and a dedicated Teaching Assistant, who are based in a suite of modern and fully resourced laboratories including a cutting edge 3D learning room.
All lessons contain an element of enquiry and are based on the theory that learning is easier when you have experienced an idea rather than just reading or writing about it.
Students’ are asked to challenge their own viewpoints on a number of controversial and current issues including genetic modification, the use of nuclear fission as an energy source and the impact of chemical processes on ecosystems.
There is currently a move towards student-led lessons where individuals and groups of students are able to dictate how they will access a particular topic. This has given the students the freedom to try new ideas and embrace a culture of discovery without the fear of getting it wrong.
A broad and balanced Key Stage 3 curriculum is offered which includes aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The Biology units include cells, behaviour of organisms, respiration, photosynthesis, classification, reproduction and healthy lifestyles.
The Chemistry units include acids and alkalis, particle theory, metal reactions, uses of fuels and geological science.
The Physics units include electricity, magnetism, forces, sound, light and heat transfer.
Following the NEW AQA Trilogy specification. Students will be examined periodically throughout the year with end of unit tests.
The plan below is a general overview.
Year 11 are following AQA GCSE Science. The students are following either Triple Science or Science A and Additional Science