Who are we are:
- Acting Assistant Headteacher (Science): Jill Hatch
- Lead Practitioner: Mentoring (whole school) Marilyn Batey
- KS3 Coordinator: Jade Chantler
- Teacher of Science: Lyn Beale
- Teacher of Science and Head of Year 8: Sean McMahon
- Teacher of Science: Rebecca Holness
- Teacher of Science: Hannah Lovell
What do we do:
The Science curriculum is delivered using a spiralling, mastery approach. The curriculum is separated into 12 topics, 4 biology, 4 chemistry and 4 physics. These 12 topics are studied every year from year 7 through to 10 and each year are built on to check understanding and memory of sections already studied, as well as adding in new material at increasingly more difficult levels.
During year 11, students will spend a year preparing for their examinations in science, of which there are six. These are titled B1 and B2 (biology), C1 and C2 (chemistry) and P1 and P2 (physics). Each exam is 1hour and 15 minutes long, and the six exam results are combined to give two GCSE grades.
Assessment throughout the years will be through end of topic tests in years 7 to 10, and then GCSE past papers in the latter half of year 10 and throughout year 11. There will also be ongoing assessment during lessons when teachers test the knowledge of students through questioning and activities, and mark classwork to check understanding.
Each year, in March, is British Science Week and the school spend a week raising the profile of current issues in science and running engaging activities to encourage our students to develop a lifelong interest in science.
GCSE Combined Science: Examination board AQA
What will I learn:
You will learn how to develop practical skills though investigation work followed by standard procedures. You will learn about the importance of Science to society through the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You will continue to learn how Science helps us to understand the world around us.
Which skills will I develop:
You will learn how to handle equipment, measure and record, research and select information. You will work in groups, following directions and will also focus on key skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.
How will I learn:
You will learn through teacher-led activities, self-directed activities, research, discussions, hands-on practical work and by working collaboratively in small groups.
Where will it lead:
Studying this course can lead to further areas of study such as A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics or BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science. Sixth Form study can lead to a University course to study for a degree. This qualification is also useful if considering employment such as Pharmacist, Researcher, Forensic Scientist, Hairdresser, Chef or Police.
How to find out more information:
Please email Mrs Hatch – firstname.lastname@example.org.