Aims of the Department
Here in the Science department we pride ourselves on delivering an engaging and enriching curriculum. The curriculum has been developed by our team to meet the diverse needs of our students. Our aim is to:
- Encourage and enhance our students' natural curiosity about the world around them while giving them the skills to explore this and feed it further.
- Inspire students to question things going on around them and equip them with the ability to research, think and find answers for themselves.
- Allow students to understand the wealth of opportunity provided by science both locally and internationally, and to help them make informed decisions about their future careers.
- Build/Develop the skills of discussion and debate, allowing students to put forward well balanced, reasoned arguments based on scientific knowledge whilst listening to and appreciating the ideas of others.
- Increase pupils scientific knowledge giving them awareness of their actions and lifestyle choices, linking them to their health and the effect on the planet.
- Build resilience and determination while fostering the idea that making mistakes is fine, as long as you learn and grow wiser as a result of them.
- Develop logical and reasoned thinking to allow students to solve both scientific problems as well as issues in their day to day lives.
Students begin the year being taught how to work safely in the laboratory. They develop key skills that allow them to use the correct equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Throughout the year they are taught topics covering each of the science disciplines. These include:
- Biology - cells, photosynthesis and plant structures, respiration and ecosystems.
- Chemistry - atoms, elements and compounds, acids and alkalis and separation techniques.
- Physics - forces, conservation of energy and electricity.
During year 8 students are taught a range of topics covering the three main disciplines of science, whilst also developing key numeracy, scientific literacy and graph skills. These include:
- Biology - inheritance, body systems and reproduction.
- Chemistry - the history of the periodic table, chemical reactions and metals and their uses.
- Physics - Light, magnetism, space and the atom.
Throughout year 9 students continue to develop key skills in practical work, numeracy and scientific literacy. They look in further detail at topics from each of the 3 disciplines. These include:
- Biology - enzymes, cellular biology, health and disease.
- Chemistry - states of matter, separation of mixtures, atoms and the periodic table.
- Physics - waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, energy and forces.
Students are taught the Edexcel exam board either as combined science or separate sciences. Both routes include topics covering all 3 sciences including:
- Biology - genetics, cells and control, and evolution.
- Chemistry - bonding models and types of substances, energetics of reactions, and acids and alkalis.
- Physics - radioactivity, work done, particles and density
Students continue to follow the Edexcel combined science or separate science course. Topics covered include:
- Biology - plant structures, photosynthesis, animal coordination, control and homeostasis and exchange and transport.
- Chemistry - Electrolytic processes, extraction techniques, calculations involving masses.
- Physics - electricity and circuits, magnetism and electromagnetic induction.
Students are given homework on google classroom. Where this is not possible paper homework can be given. Homework consists of exam style questions to help students develop good knowledge of key exam terminology as well as the skill of applying their scientific knowledge and skills to a wide range of contexts.