We take pride in our Science Department and endeavour to spark enthusiasm and curiosity throughout the curriculum. 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 long history 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. We make our own revision notes, worksheets and slideshow animations.
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 technology.
Key Stage 3 Science
Form classes are divided into science groups based on their learning needs. The three sciences are taught separately in these groups. Pupils have 50min of Biology, 50min of Chemistry and 50min of Physics each week.
Key Stage 4 Science
The Science Department runs two courses at Key Stage 4. Both of the courses contain an equal amount of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The two courses differ significantly in terms of 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 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 of the year and repeated if necessary.
Parents can find specific curriculum information in their child's termly ICM reports. These can be accessed via the Parent Portal: https://schoolbase.online