Science

Year 11 Science Mock Exam Revision 2020

“Science is a way of thinking, much more than it is a body of knowledge.” – Carl Sagan

KS3 Curriculum:

Science is taught on a topic by topic basis through an internally developed programme of study supported by Oxford University Press “Activate”. This course is continually developed to include the latest developments in education theory and aims to give all of our students a varied, interesting and challenging foundation in all three sciences. The lessons involve theory and where appropriate, experimental and computer work which are aimed at allowing all students to participate fully.

In Year 7, all the students are taught in mixed ability groups three lessons a week. Students are assessed at the end of each topic. Year 7 follow the Activate one curriculum.

In Year 8, the classes are taught in mixed ability groups three lessons a week. This allows the students to work at a level of challenge appropriate to the individual concerned. Science groupings are assessed at the end of each topic Year 8 follow the Activate two curriculum.

In Year 9, Students will revisit topics from KS3, these will be studied in greater depth in preparation for the GCSE course in year 10. Students will still be in mixed ability groupings.

All pupils will follow the same curriculum content during year 9. Pupils will be regularly assessed and there will be an emphasis on learning additional numerical and science specific skills to help prepare them for KS4. Pupils will receive one hour of each science per week, usually taught by a subject specialist

KS4 Curriculum:

There are two different KS4 Science routes offered by the Science department.

  • Combined science GCSE (2 GCSEs taught over 5 hours a week)
  • Separate Science GCSE (3 GCSEs taught over 6 hours a week)

All courses at GCSE follow the Edexcel specification.

Students are guided onto the appropriate course after results of tests completed throughout KS3 and year 9 have been analysed by Science staff.

KS5 Curriculum:

There are 3 different A level courses that students can choose from. They are

  • A level Biology (Edexcel Biology A, Salters Nuffield)
  • A level Chemistry (OCR Chemistry B, Salters)
  • A level Physics (Edexcel Physics)

All three subjects will have 5 lessons per week. Each group will have 2 separate teachers covering different aspects of the course.

Students in all three areas have to complete a practical endorsement, this is a serious of investigations which will demonstrate competency in a range of practical skills.

STM Science Resources

Staffing:

Biology:

Mrs J Woodman – Assistant curriculum leader

Mr T Ballard – Assistant head of year

Mrs L Bradley

Mrs K Dixon – Transition, Attendance and Parental Engagement

Mr N Hitchcock- Specialist leader of education T & L

Mrs K Jardine

Mrs J O’Neill

Chemistry

Mr S Oakey – Assistant headteacher (acting)

Miss J Dalrymple – Head of science (acting)

Mr R Boucher – Assistant curriculum leader (KS3)

Dr P Paradis

Miss A Pocklington

Physics

Mr I Coulson – Assistant curriculum leader

Miss G Lewis

Mr O Platt

Mr M Thompson

Technicians:

Mr S Keys

Mrs H Richardson