The whole of the science department shares the vision to produce students who love the world of science as we do. We aim to consolidate their knowledge and understanding with lessons designed to improve both problem solving.
Students will be regularly assessed through levelled exam style questions and end of topic tests. All assessments will be held in a folder, allowing all students to visibly see their individual progress. Classwork will continue to be formatively assessed in books to guarantee students know how to improve their work prior to formal assessment.
The department runs the AQA double (Trilogy) and separate science specifications. In the trilogy qualification is obtained by 6 exams having equal weighting in the 3 sciences 6 papers each 1hour and 15 minutes long. The separate course has 2 exams per science each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long. In years 12 and 13, the students are allowed to further their science qualifications by studying OCR Biology, OCR B Salters Chemistry and Edexcel Physics. Homework in years 7 – 11 are designed to be purposeful and engaging with students set a variety of work from past exam papers, work from bought in resources for example an online resource called Doddle.
Homework is designed to extend and consolidate the knowledge and understanding from lessons taught. It is set in line with the schools homework timetable. The department actively encourage parents to become involved in their child’s education. We encourage parents and carers to look over and check their child’s work and talk to them about what they have learned.
Mr G Stout
We expect students to come to science ready to learn – they will need at least one blue or black biro, a pencil rubber and ruler, it is advisable to also have a scientific calculator.
To further the profile of the department we have a science club and take part in project X, a gifted and talented program run by RAF Waddington.
We offer A2 biology, chemistry and physics at A-Level; all three are varied courses focused on teaching students the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for further study for sciences at university or the whole of work. In addition, we offer a vocational course in laboratory skills; this is an assignment based course for students wanting to engage in a career in science such as a laboratory technician.
Students in biology start with foundations in biology which covers cell biology and biochemistry they then move onto human and plant biology which includes animal and plant dissections and finish with biodiversity. In year 13 students study genetics, biotechnology and principles of homeostasis.
In chemistry student will start studying elements and how they form and react followed by fuels, the atmosphere and where common medicines such as aspirin are synthesized. In year 13 students study polymers, metals solution chemistry and dyes.
In physics students start studying unit and equation manipulation followed by the science of athletics which incorporates power and motion. This is followed by waves, food science and space and astrophysics and how the space station operates. In year 13 students study electromagnetism, communications, particle physics and earthquakes.
Furthermore, all students in the traditional sciences will compete a required practical unit which is one of 3 examined units however this is studied over the two year course.