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Science

Science

In the Science department we promote a realisation that Science is enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding, that it links to all aspects of life and the world we live in.

As a Department we encourage our pupils to experience the vast range of cultural diversity; respect for individuals, a sense of welcome, worth and success in a safe and secure environment. The health and safety of pupils and staff, in this highly practical subject, is very important to us. We ensure all pupils are taught to work professionally and collaboratively with staff to meet our high standards of health and safety practices.

The Science department aims to provide engaging and motivating lessons which stimulate pupils’ enquiry skills and also set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.

Staff

  • DIP: Dr D Patel (Chemistry) – Head of Science
  • AWA: Mr A Ali (Chemistry) – Associate HOD
  • CAT: Mrs C Turner (Biology) – 2nd in Department
  • MIJ: Ms M Jones (Biology/Physics) – Teacher in charge of Physics
  • SHC: Mrs S Chowdhury (Biology) – Teacher in charge of Biology
  • ZAA: Ms Z Ali (Chemistry) – Teacher of Science
  • FKA: Mrs F Ali (Biology) – Teacher of Science
  • MRC: Dr M Cassim (Physics) - – Teacher of Science
  • ERR: Mrs E Rahman (Biology) – Teacher of Science
  • HAC: Mrs H Choudhury (Chemistry) – Teacher of Science
  • MUA: Mr M Abdul (Physics)- Teacher of Science
  • HBS: Ms H Shaikh (Chemistry)-Teacher of Science
  • Miss T Whittington – Senior Technician
  • Mrs J Collins – Technician
  • Mr J Nur – Technician

KS3 Course outline

Pupils at KS3 (Year 7 and 8) follow a 2 year condensed accelerated SOW learning programme, followed by the start of the GCSE Science course in Year 9.

Year 7 and 8 follow the new Activate Science SOW (in line with the new DfE changes), which incorporates literacy, numeracy and HSW (How Science Works).

Year 9 follow the new AQA Combined Science specification.

 

Year

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

7

Working Scientifically

Health and safety focus for practical work.

Biology (B1)

Chapter 1:

Cells

Chemistry (C1)

Chapter 1:

Particles and their behaviour

Physics (P1)

Chapter 1:

Forces

Biology (B1)

Chapter 2:

Body Systems

Chemistry (C1)

Chapter 2:

Atoms, Elements, Compounds

Physics (P1)

Chapter 2:

Sound

Biology (B1)

Chapter 3:

Reproduction

Chemistry (C1)

Chapter 3:

Reactions

Physics (P1)

Chapter 1:

Light

Chemistry (C1)

Chapter 4:

Acids and Alkali

Physics (P1)

Chapter 4:

Space

Revision for end of year test

Extended Project work

8

Biology (B2)   Chapter 1:

Health and Lifestyle

Chemistry (C2)   Chapter 1:

The Periodic Table

Physics (P1)

Chapter 2:

Sound

Biology (B1)

Chapter 2:

Body systems

Chemistry (C2)

Chapter 4: Separation techniques

Physics (P2)

Chapter 3:

Energy

Chemistry (C2) Chapter 4:

The Earth

Chemistry (C2)

Chapter 4:

Metals and acids

Physics (P2)

Chapter 3:

Motion and pressure

Physics (P1)

Chapter 3:

Light

Revision for end of year test

Project work

9

 

Biology – B1 Cell structure and Transport

Chemistry – C1 Atomic Structure and separation methods

Physics – P1 Conservation and dissipation of energy

Biology – B2 Cell division

Chemistry –C2 The Periodic table and groups

Physics – P2 Energy transfer by heating

Biology – B3 Organisation and the digestive system

Chemistry –C3 Structure and Bonding

Physics – P3 Energy resources

Biology – B4 Organising animals and plants

Chemistry – C4 Chemical calculations (Moles)

Physics – P4 Electric circuits

 

KS4 Courses

  • Students follow the AQA Trilogy GCSE Science in Year 10 and Year 11 (either as GCSE Separate Sciences or as Combined Science (Trilogy)) course which includes Biology, Chemistry & Physics:
  • All 3 GCSE Separate Sciences or Combined Science aims to give learners opportunities to:
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods.
  • Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works and its essential role in society (required practical skills).
  • Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.
  • The pre-requisite for pupils to follow the Separate Science pathway is by achieving a secure Step 5 or above by the end of Year 9.
  • Most students will follow the Combined Science course, which they will be introduced to after the key concepts content in Year 9 has been completed.

KS5 Courses offered

  • A level (AQA/OCR) courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are on offer to pupils in the Sixth form.
  • All three Sciences offer practical, hands on learning by developing investigative skills, as well as the traditional theory based learning followed by external examinations in all three disciplines.
  • Additionally as of September 2017 BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science (extended certificate) is also available for students who may want to take an alternative route into the Sciences.

Homework Section – Nature of homework

The Science department sets homework according to whole school homework timetable and policies. Homework will include the following areas below:

  1. Homework tasks could include the completing, consolidating or extension of class work, research or a combination of these.
  2. Homework tasks should last a minimum of at least 30 minutes.
  3. This task will be marked in accordance with departmental marking policy.

Resources that will help pupils extend their knowledge – include additional reading to enhance their subject knowledge and using websites, and e-learning resources such as Doddle to support the pupil’s learning:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4882hv

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znxtyrd

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh2xsbk

http://inteleducationresources.intel.co.uk/index.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4882hv

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znxtyrd

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh2xsbk

http://inteleducationresources.intel.co.uk/index.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z9ddmp3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zs6hvcw

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpm6fg8

http://inteleducationresources.intel.co.uk/index.aspx

Pupils at KS4 in Science are provided with a Revision Guide, which is tailor made for the topics and lessons taught in class as additional support and reading material:

These Revision Guides consolidate and extend the learning taken place in class, with additional supporting exam questions. We provide the revision guides with the expectation that pupils will catch up with any lessons they may have missed with supervision and support from their teachers.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Science Department offers engaging clubs to pupils in Year 7 and Year 8. Clubs include science clubs and clubs to allow the year 7/8 pupils attending to achieve their CREST Award. All staffs in the Department are willing to offer time beyond the school day and KS4 and KS5 revision sessions are offered to all pupils. The Department ensure a revision class is offered every holiday as well as before and after school for targeted pupils and this is extended to include all pupils who wish to attend, regardless of their group or ability. Additionally graduate coach support, outreach programme and residential trips are offered to Sixth form pupils. Parents and carers will be contacted by letter to request permission for pupils to attend any session outside the normal school day.

   
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