Science

Teaching Staff

  • Miss A Smith – Head of Faculty
  • Mrs K House – Teacher
  • Mrs D Wall – Teacher
  • Mr M House – Teacher
  • Mrs E McEwan – Teacher
  • Mrs C Wright – Technician
  • Mrs H Hawkins – Technician

Weekly Lesson Allocations

  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8/9) – 4x 50 minute lessons per week
  • Key Stage 4 (Years 10/11) – 6x 50 minute lessons per week

Science Curriculum Statement

There is a culture of high achievement in our science curriculum which challenges all pupils to question the world around them. This is done through independent and group work that builds resilience through a variety of tasks to promote curious learners. All of our work has the intention of applying knowledge to real-world situations through big picture infused learning. This links key concepts to contexts which are relatable to pupils and important to the world. Our curriculum begins by fostering the inquisitive nature of pupils throughout the start of their learning, but works to refine and deepen their understanding once broad key concepts have been delivered.

Practical investigations are at the heart of what we do in science, and this aids us in cementing the core values of scientific analysis throughout our schemes of work. Scientific thinking is vital to our pupils because it helps them to evaluate every aspect of what they do and improve their ability to meet goals and problem solve. Where practical investigations are not appropriate, our teaching still enables pupils to be active learners by embedding content creatively. As a result, our curriculum empowers pupils with the ability to view phenomena from different perspectives and contribute in a positive, balanced way.

Curriculum Overview: Curriculum Overview – Science (pdf)

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage three is assessed using threshold statements.  A child will be given a working at threshold at each data capture:

Threshold Statements – Science (pdf)

Pupils are set homework booklets half termly to develop their scientific enquiry skills. There are a choice of tasks and these are self, peer and teacher assessed. Key Stage 3 Homework booklets can be downloaded from here: THOA Homework Site

Key stage 4:

Combined Science

Syllabus: 8464 Trilogy
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website: www.aqa.org.uk
Subjects: Trilogy (combined Science)

Double Award Science syllabus content:

  • Biology: Cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution, ecology.
  • Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, the rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.
  • Physics: Forces, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism, particle model of matter and atomic structure

Triple Science

Syllabus: 8461, 8462 and 8463
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Board Website: www.aqa.org.uk
Subjects: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics

Triple Science syllabus content:

  • Biology: Cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology
  • Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, the rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere, using resources
  • Physics: Forces, energy, waves, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism, particle model of matter, atomic structure, space physics (physics only)