We take pride in our Science Department and endeavour to spark enthusiasm and curiosity throughout the curriculum. We have an established history of helping pupils to achieve their best grades.
The Science Department constantly strives to find new ways of making the material accessible and memorable. The lessons are designed to be multisensory and varied. Particular emphasis is placed on any unfamiliar vocabulary and we regularly review key information.
Individualised Teaching Strategies
The Science Department has a tradition of creating and adapting tailor-made resources to suit the specific needs of each class. This enables us to differentiate our resources in order to extend the knowledge of classes with higher ability while providing support and challenge for classes with lower ability.
At The Moat School, we make our own revision notes, worksheets and PowerPoint animations. Our scheme of work is consistently being enriched to include school trips, investigative projects and guest speakers that complement the science curriculum.
We believe a science education should extend beyond examinations. We aim to provide a good grounding in science that will be useful in everyday life. In addition, we aim to develop key skills that are transferable across the curriculum including team work, debating ethics, assessing reliability, graph skills, internet research skills and the use of PowerPoint.
Key Stage 3 Science
Form classes are split up into smaller groups of approximately 7 pupils. The three sciences are taught separately in these groups. Pupils have an hour of Biology, an hour of Chemistry and an hour of Physics each week.
Key Stage 4 Science
The Science Department runs three courses at Key Stage 4 to suit a range of abilities. All of the courses contain an equal amount of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The main difference between the three courses is the pace of the lessons and the level of academic demand.
Edexcel Combined science GCSE is the equivalent of two GCSEs. It contains twice the amount of material that a typical GCSE would entail. Pupils are graded based on their performance in 6 external examinations at the end of Year 11.
Edexcel Single Science International GCSE is the equivalent of one GCSE. Pupils are graded based on their performance in 3 external examinations at the end of Year 11.
Edexcel Science Entry level Certificate is not equivalent to a GCSE. Pupils are graded based on their performance in 6 short examinations. These can be sat at any time and repeated if necessary.
You can find specific information about the curriculum for each Year Group here: