Science

Welcome

Welcome to the Science page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our department including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Aims & Objectives

  • The Faculty expects all pupils, irrespective of background, to achieve their full potential.
  • The Faculty aims to prepare pupils for adult life in a society that is increasingly dependent on the application of science and technology.
  • The Faculty aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that makes a significant contribution to pupils' personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
  • The Faculty aims to provide a caring and safe environment in which pupils can develop key skills.
  • The Faculty aims to be at the forefront of developments in education. We were the first Faculty to set individual test targets for pupils. We take pride in the quality of feedback we give to pupils about their progress and feel that this is a major factor in our success. As a specialist Science College we fostered links with other schools and education providers, with local industry and with the wider community. We endeavour to maintain and build upon these links now that we are an Academy.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

We have written our own course for years 7 and 8, incorporating the best aspects of a number of commercial "packages". In years 7 and 8 pupils have 3 one hour Science lessons a week, with the same teacher and they are set according to their ability in science. Year 7 are initially taught in their teaching groups but then are set by ability in Science in January of Year 7 after the first 3 assessments.

Year 7 Curriculum Information

Year 8 Curriculum Information

How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 7 and 8 are assessed internally by end of unit tests and an end of year exam. They are based on numerical levels from 3 to 7 in line with the former national curriculum.

How have our KS3 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 3 Results - Science
Levels 5 and above
2016

96%

Key Stage 4 - Year 11

What will our pupils study?

Pupils have a one hour Science lesson every day and are taught in 7 sets in Year 11.

The courses currently offered are all GCSEs from the AQA exam board with the specification code in brackets ()

  • Sets 1 - 3 will study AQA Triple Award
    • GCSE Biology (4401)
    • GCSE Chemistry (4402)
    • GCSE Physics (4403).
  • Sets 4 - 7 will study AQA Dual Award
    • AQA Science A (4405)
    • GCSE Additional Science (4408).

Pupils are usually taught in rotation by specialist teachers.

Year 11 Curriculum Information


Key Stage 4 - Year 10

Pupils have a one hour Science lesson every day and are taught in 7 sets.

The courses currently offered are all GCSEs from the AQA exam board with the specification code in brackets ()

  • Sets 1 - 3 will study
    • GCSE Biology (8461)
    • GCSE Chemistry (8462)
    • GCSE Physics (8463).
  • Sets 4 - 7 will study
    • GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464 – double award - 2 GCSEs)

Pupils are usually taught in rotation by specialist teachers.

Year 10 Curriculum Information


Key Stage 4 - Year 9

What will our pupils study?

Pupils have a one hour Science lesson every day and are taught in 7 sets, the courses currently offered are:

  • Sets 1 - 3 will study
    • GCSE Biology (8461)
    • GCSE Chemistry (8462)
    • GCSE Physics (8463).
  • Sets 4 - 8 will study
    • GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464 – double award - 2 GCSEs)

Pupils are usually taught in rotation by specialist teachers.

Year 9 Curriculum Information


Key Stage 4 - Year 11

How will our pupils be assessed?

Internally, we regularly assess pupils with 25 minute end of unit tests and mock exams in the relevant subjects.

Pupils also need to carry out the following external assessments.

  • Triple award – for Biology, Chemistry and Physics per subject
    • 25% Investigative controlled assessment tasks, 75% exams end Year 11.
  • Core Science – Science A
    • 25% Investigative controlled assessment tasks, 75% exam in Year 11.
  • Additional Science
    • 25% Investigative controlled assessment tasks, 75% exam in Year 11.

Key Stage 4 - Year 9 & 10

How will our pupils be assessed?

Internally, we regularly assess pupils with 45 minute end of unit tests, an end of year 10 exam and mock exams in the relevant subjects.

Pupils also need to carry out the following external assessments.

  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs 2 examinations for each subject at the end of year 11 each exam will be 1 hour 45 minutes long.
  • Combined Science 6 examinations at the end of year 11 split into 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics. Each exam will be 1 hour 15 minutes long.

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 4 Results - Science
A*- C % pass rate (2 or more GCSEs or equivalent)
2016

70%

What can it lead to?

Science is useful in all occupations and is desirable for the majority of college courses and apprenticeships. Occupations where Science is essential include:

  • Medicine and all related careers
  • Veterinary Science
  • Engineering
  • Health and Beauty
  • Teaching

Accommodation & Resources

The Faculty has eight laboratories. All laboratories are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and dry wipe marker boards; one of them contains a suite of computers. All the teachers have access to a class set of laptops and iPads to aid with teaching and learning. The Faculty has three preparation rooms, staffed by two technicians.

Teachers have access to a shared network drive, where best practice, resources and schemes of work are shared. Pupils have access to the Science pages of FROG and can access files via Foldr which are increasingly being used to develop a bank of useful resources and revision materials that pupils can access from home.


Summary

Pupils achieve well in Science and enjoy practical aspects of the subject. Many of our pupils go onto further study in Science and Science related careers.

Teachers are enthusiastic about their subjects and hope that this will capture the interest of all pupils through good teaching and a range of extra-curricular activities. We will continue to strive for improvements in levels of achievement for all pupils.