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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

  • RHK: Mr R Khan (Biology) – HoD Science
  • AWA: Mr A Ali (Chemistry) – Associate HoD Science
  • CAT: Mrs C Turner (Biology) – 2nd in Department
  • MIJ: Mrs M Jones (Biology) – Teacher in charge of Physics
  • SHC: Mrs S Chowdhury (Biology) – Teacher in charge of Biology
  • ZAA: Ms Z Ali (Chemistry) – Teacher in charge of Chemistry
  • MRC: Dr R Cassim (Physics)
  • ERR: Mrs E Rahman (Biology)
  • ROP: Ms R Parvin (Biology)
  • FKA: Mrs F Ali (Biology)
  • Miss T Whittington – Senior Technician
  • Mrs J Collins – Technician
  • Mr J Nur – Technician

Key Stage 3 Course outline

Pupils in KS3 (Year 7 and 8) follow a two-year condensed accelerated Scheme of Work (SoW) learning programme, followed by the start of the GCSE Science course in Year 9.

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

Year 9 pupils follow the new AQA Trilogy GCSE Science 9-1 (Combined Science route).

 

Here are the topics that are taught in Years 7 – 9:

Year

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

        7

B= Biology

C= Chemistry

P= Physics

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

 

B= Biology

C= Chemistry

P= Physics

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

B= Biology

C= Chemistry

P= Physics

B1.1 Keeping Healthy

B1.2 Nerves and Hormones

B1.3 The use and abuse of drugs

C1.1 The fundamental ideas in Chemistry

C1.2 Limestone and Building Materials

C1.3 Metal and their Uses

C1.4 Crude oil and Fuels

P1.1 Energy Transfers

P1.2 Energy and Efficiency

P1.3 The Usefulness of electrical appliances

P1.4 Generating Electricity

B1.4 Interdependence and Adaptation

B1.5 Energy and Biomass in in Food Chains

B1.6 Waste materials from plants and animals

B1.7 Genetic Variation and its control

B1.8 Evolution

C1.5 Other Useful substances from Crude oil

C1.6 Plant oils and their uses

C1.7 Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere

Practise CA

End of Year Exam

Key Stage 4 Courses

  • Students follow the AQA Trilogy GCSE Science 9-1 in Year 10 and Year 11 (either GCSE Combined or Separate Science course), which includes Biology, Chemistry & Physics.
  • All three 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;
  • acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.
  • Some students will take the following path, which is a three-year curriculum programme (starting in Year 9 and finishing in Year 11) covering all three GCSE Separate Sciences. The pre-requisite for pupils to follow this course is: Achieving a Step 4/5 by the end of Year 8.
  • Most students will follow the Combined Science Trilogy course, which they will be introduced to in Year 9 by following a year of skill-building and introduction to Core Science teaching and assessment.

Key Stage 5 Courses offered

  • A level (OCR/AQA) courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics have been offered to pupils in the Sixth form.
  • All 3 Sciences offer practical hands on learning by developing investigative skills, as well as the traditional theory based learning followed by external examinations in both disciplines.
  • Additionally, BTEC Level 3 Science is also available to students wishing to take an alternative route into the Sciences.

Homework  

The Science department sets homework according to whole school homework timetable 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 and whole school marking policy.

Resources including Additional reading, websites, and other activities help pupils extend their knowledge. All pupils in Science are provided with a Revision Guide in Year 10 and Year 11, 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 Department offers two engaging clubs to pupils in Year 7 and Year 8. The Year 7 Science club is based around practical skills based science investigations. The Year 8 club enabled pupils attending to achieve their CREST Award at the end of Year 8. This is being built on this year and a KS4 STEM club will be set up from November/December to embrace the opportunities to enhance the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths using cross curricular approaches. We also offer the National Biology challenge, a competition pitting the most intelligent pupils from all across the country

All members of staff in the Department are willing to offer time beyond the school day and KS4 and KS5 revision sessions are offered to all pupils after school. The Department ensures that a revision class is offered every holiday for targeted pupils and this is extended to include all pupils who wish to attend, regardless of their group or ability.

Additionally, master-classes 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.

 

 

 

 

We are also committed to promoting our school values of ‘Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Responsibility’ to pupils at every opportunity.  We take every opportunity to ensure that our school’s Safeguarding Policy is adhered to in full at all times.

   
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