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Department Introduction

Welcome to the Science Department Pages

The Science department has eight subject specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, who share six laboratories and also make use of the several computer rooms. The teachers are well supported by a senior science technician.

As a successful department, Science aims:

  • to make lessons interesting and relevant to the real world
  • to focus on personal progress allowing each pupil to reach their potential
  • to use assessment for learning techniques to support and motivate individual learners
  • to build pupil self-confidence to enable them to work independently
  • to help pupils to develop their social skills to work co-operatively with others

If you would like more information about our subject, please contact the head of department.

KS3 Curriculum
KS3 Curriculum

All classes in years 7, 8 and 9 have three lessons per week, usually with one science teacher all year, who will teach KS3 Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

See the table for the 2016-17 scheme of work overview:

Y7 Units Y8 Units Y9 Units
B1. Cells and tissues B7. Lungs and gas exchange Cells
C1. Particles C7. Periodic Table Health and Disease
P1. Energy transfers P7. Domestic and static electricity Disease Prevention
B2. Reproduction B8. Respiration Enzymes
C2. Atoms and elements C8. Extracting metals Evolution
P2. Forces and effects P8. Waves and sound The Periodic Table
B3. Environment and adaptation B9. Muscles and bones Atoms
C3. Acids and alkalis C9. Reactions of acids Ionic bonding
P3. Electricity P9. Light Covalent bonding
B4. Variation and classification B10. Inheritance and evolution Alkali metals
C4. Solutions C10. Describing chemical reactions Electrolysis
P4. Energy resources P10. Pressure, floating and moments Acids and Alkalis
B5. Photosynthesis B11. Drugs and health Electromagnetic Waves
C5. Simple chemical reactions C11. Earth and atmosphere Electricity
P5. Magnets and electromagnets P11. Heat transfer Energy
B6. Food and digestion B12. Microbes Forces
C6. Compounds C12. Innovative materials Maths for GCSE Science
P6. Motion P12. Exploring space GCSE Core practical work
KS4 Curriculum
KS4 Curriculum

Most classes in year 10 and 11 have at least five lessons per week.

Old GCSE

In 2016-17 our year 11 will study the final year of the “old” Edexcel Additional Science GCSE.

This course consists of three exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and one Controlled Assessment. Each section is worth 25% of the old-style grades A*-G.

Our top set take “Triple” –three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics – and have extra lessons.

See the Edexcel website for more information: http://qualifications.pearson.com/Science/2011/Issue_3.pdf

New Science GCSE

In 2016-17 our year 10 will start the “new” linear 2-year GCSE, with all exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics taken in summer 2018.

Pupils will be the first to get the new Combined Science “double” GCSE grades 9-1.

Assessment is all by exam.

Our top set take “Triple” –three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry, Physics – and have extra lessons.

See the Edexcel website for more information:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/Edexcel_GCSE_L1-L2_Combined_Science.pdf

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