The study of science is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the world around us.

Both in the UK and around the world, there is a shortage of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. So for those students that aspire to careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects, there are great national and global opportunities, whether the aspiration is for university and beyond or for modern apprenticeships.

For those that aspire to careers in fields outside of STEM, the course of study will develop understanding that you will need throughout life. It could help you make informed decisions about:

  • Options for medical support for you or your family
  • The impact of climate change on a local, national and international level
  • Data that could help you manage your own business
  • The relevance of scientific papers presented by the government, independent organisations and commercial organisations
  • many, many more that cannot be listed fully here!

What will I study?

Science is a well-equipped department with modern, purpose built laboratories, as well as extensive practical and technical equipment.  We are also experimenting with the opportunities offered by the new learning spaces; these include the open learning areas and the ‘show and tell’ rooms.  A love of science is fostered through the enthusiasm and expertise of our specialist staff.  We also place a strong emphasis on developing students’ abilities to become independent, autonomous learners who are equipped for the ever-changing and challenging demands of the world beyond School.

We offer extra-curricular activities for students to develop their love of science and are always looking at ways to  develop the extra-curricular activities we have on offer.  Students’  enjoyment of the subject is also enhanced by the activities we offer on EEL days which have included the study of adaptations through a visit by Exotic Zoo; the study of anatomy led by Medical Mavericks; micro-biology work in the labs at Harper Adams University and CPR training for all year 9 students. The science department also runs a bi-annual expedition with a strong conservation focus. In 2016 we took 23 students to Borneo where they spent time working on a conservation program replanting indigineous rainforest trees and living in homestays with local people. In 2018 we took 20 students to Tanzania and Zanzibar to learn to dive and work on various ecology and conservation projects. We are now planning to take 28 students to Nepal in 2020 to work alongside the World Wildlife Fund and the Asian Elephant society.

Stimulating application of knowledge and thought beyond the curriculum is an important focus for the Science Department and we actively encourage students to enter national competitions such as the Faraday Challenge.  We value and  celebrate the achievement and participation of all our students, helping them achieve their full educational potential at the same time as fostering a love and enthusiasm for science.  

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

Year 7’s have the chance to explore and develop a wide range of scientific skills across the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  For many students, the opportunity to work in specially designed science laboratories for the first time is very exciting. Students will be supported in rapidly developing the skills required to work safely and effectively in small groups to conduct effective investigations in a wide variety of contexts. Students will also develop the scientific skills of research, developing their skills of scientific literacy alongside this, Students will also develop the numeracy skills required to support the understanding of science.

In Year 8, the skills acquired in Year 7 will continue to be developed. However, students will be exposed to these skills in new content areas. Students will be expected to gain in independence with both practical and theory work. This will prepare students for the start of Key Stage 4 in Year 9. All topics that are taught in Year 7 and 8 are built upon in Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4: Years 9,10 and 11

At year 9, students commence their Key Stage 4 program of study, mostly in mixed ability groups with 3 hours of science a week. In year 10, we offer the AQA trilogy Science or AQA Triple Science pathways. Trilogy Science is a core subject studied in 5 hours of science a week, and resulting in 2 Science GCSE grades. Triple Science is studied in 7.5 hours a week and results in 3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Triple Science is an academically challenging course and as a result it is only available for students with target grades of a 6 or above. We have also introduced Psychology GCSE as an alternative pathway for some students. This has proven to be very popular.

Curriculum

Biology Topics:

Cells

Structure and function of body systems

Reproduction

Chemistry Topics:

Particles and their behaviour

Elements, Atoms and Compounds

Reactions, acids and alkalis

Physics Topics:

Forces

Waves: Sound and Light

Space

Assessment: Students will make full use of self, peer and teacher based assessment to help guide progress towards targets. Formal teacher based assessment will take place at the end of each topic, at the end of a rotation of topics and at the end of the year.

Biology Topics:

Health and Lifestyle

Ecosystem Processes

Adaptations and Inheritance

Chemistry Topics:

The Periodic Table

Separation Techniques

Metals and Acids

The Earth

Physics Topics:

Electricity and Magnetism

Energy

Motion and Pressure

Assessment: Students will make full use of self, peer and teacher based assessment to help guide progress towards targets. Formal teacher based assessment will take place at the end of each topic, at the end of a rotation of topics and at the end of the year.

Students commence their GCSE course, following either:

AQA GCSE Triple science

AQA GCSE Double award science

Entry Level Certificate

As well as continuing the course started in year 9, we also offer GCSE Triple Science as an option subject, as well as Edexcel GCSE Psychology.

Students complete their GCSE Science course.


For more information regarding the Science Curriculum please contact the Head of Department via our contact form