Science
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    Science

    Science Department

     

    The department has a staff of 11 specialist teachers (5 Biology, 3 Chemistry and 3 Physics).  We have 6 teaching laboratories and an additional teaching room.

     

    The department aims to help students to


    • Develop a sense of curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Science.
    • Appreciate man’s place on this planet and his impact in our environment and beyond.
    • Help produce Technologically aware citizens who appreciate the importance of the role which engineers play.
    • Help students to understand and know about How Science Works in our everyday lives.
    • Recognise and appreciate the usefulness and limitations of Scientific method.

     

    Key Stage Three


    We follow the published course ‘Exploring Science’.  Students are encouraged to participate in "hands on Science”, practical work or mini-investigations.  They might also be asked to make presentations to their class.  During the key stage they should develop an awareness and understanding of How Science Works (HSW).

     

    In years 7 and 8:


    • Each student will have access to text books in school and at home through the schools VLE or by a borrowed CD ROM.
    • As far as possible students carry out practical tasks in groups of two.
    • Students’ progress and subject knowledge is monitored through end of topic tests in which they are expected to achieve a good mark which is in line with their potential.  Their investigative skills (Sc1) are also assessed in an on-going process.
    • Students have 8 fifty minute periods over two weeks.
    • In years 7 and 8 as far as possible we try to timetable classes with one specialist Science teacher although it might be two.                  

     

    Key Stage 4

    During Years 9 to 11 students will follow the new Edexcel GCSE 2011 examinations.  Currently students have an average of three lessons per fortnight in each of the three subjects in Years 9 and 10 and 4 in Year 11, taught by subject specialists.  They will all study the Science and Additional Science GCSE 2011 syllabus content with some students having the opportunity to study extension units for three Science GCSE’s.  Each exam course has 25% based on controlled assessment which examines student’s practical skills and developing these skills is an important part of the course.  The remaining 75% each of each GCSE is composed of 3 one hour exams in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For students who take triple award there are 3 more one hour exams.

     

    Following the consultation by the Office of Qualifications and Regulation Ofqual GCSE exams will now to be linear with exams being taken at the end of the course in either year 10 or year 11 depending on the route being followed by students.  Text books are available to use in school and students will have access to an online interactive book at home.  

     

     

    A level


    Science A levels are a popular choice in the Sixth Form.  The Biology and Chemistry courses are both examined by OCR. The Biology course includes Ecology, Biochemistry, Cells and the chosen option of Mammalian Physiology and Behaviour. The Chemistry course includes topics on Atoms, bonds and groups and Chains, energy and resources. The Physics course is examined by Edexcel and is a context led course, topics covered included the Physics involved in Archaeology, compact disc players and materials used for human transplant.  All courses involve some degree of practical assessment, and the appropriate skills are developed in all three A levels 

     

    Examination Syllabuses and Textbooks

                               

     

    Biology A Level

    AS H021

    A2 H421

    OCR

    Cambridge texts are used with supporting Heinemann materials.

    Chemistry A Level

    AS H034

    A2  H434

    OCR A

    Two OCR textbooks, one for AS and the other for 2 both published by Heinemann

    Physics A Level

    AS 8552

    A2 9552

    Edexcel - Salters

    Two Salters text books one for AS the other A2 both from Heinemann

     

    GCSE all units are examined by Edexcel and students have access to unit specific textbooks via Moodle. All GCSE Science courses contain 25% controlled assessment plus 3 exams.

     

    GCSE course

    code

    Exam units

    Science        

    2SC01

    B1, C1, P1

    Additional Science

    2SA01

    B2, C2, P2

    Further Additional Science

    2SF01

    B3, C3, P3

    Biology (separate subject)

    2BI01

    B1, B2, B3

    Chemistry(separate subject)

    2CH01

    C1, C2, C3

    Physics (separate subject)

    2PH01

    P1, P2, P3