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DEPARTMENT CONTEXT

STAFF CODE

NAME

RESPONSIBILITES

GIK Kat Gillett Director of Learning for Science
WEA Amy Wells Second in charge and KS4 Coordinator
MOP Paula Monaghan Assistant Principal and Science Teacher
ASH Abha Sharma Teacher of Science and KS5 Coordnator
RRI Isabel Rebaque-Rivas Teacher of Science
ROS Sara Robinson Teacher of Science and PE/Standards and Achievement Leader Years 7-9
MAS Sammy Malone Teacher of Psychology/House Parent
LES Sarah Leonard Director of Learning PE
ESL Lucille Esson Head Technician

Facilities:

7 Specialist Science classrooms well equipped with gas and water access points, smartboards.

1 Non-specialist teaching room

2 Physics rooms (blackout blinds)

5 Fume cupboards

Technicians’ rooms with various Physics, Chemistry and Biology resources

         CURRICULUM PLANS

Science

 

 

Years 7 & 8 (KS3)

 

 

All students study Science and cover Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science topics. Students have 3 x 50 minute lessons per week. Year 7 classes are mixed ability. Year 8 has one higher ability set and two mixed ability sets based on KS2 and Year 7 data.

We follow a bespoke Scheme of Learning and resources based on the DfE National Curriculum learning objectives that provides our students with a varied diet of theoretical and practical learning. Learning outcomes and resources build on and extend KS2 learning and begin to develop skills and knowledge for GCSE such as fundamental science ideas as well as Maths skills.

Practical work and exploration is at the heart of our science teaching in order to anchor learning in a deep and long term way as well as to build on the natural inquisitiveness and joy that students come to secondary school with.

3 x 50 minute lessons

Year 9, 10 and 11

(KS4)

 

 

Students in Years 9 and 10 are working towards AQA specification 8464 for combined science and 8461-8463 for separate sciences.  Students in Year 11 are working towards Edexcel specification 1SC0 for combined science and 1BI0, 1CH0, 1PH0 for separate sciences.)

Time is factored in for revision in Year 11 to ensure topics are revisited. Years 9, 10 and 11 are all allocated 6 x 50 minute lessons per week, 2 for each science discipline, to ensure consistency.

All students are assessed in end of topic tests. Year 10 and 11 students are assessed more formally on top of this with mock exams which help inform interventions and revision sessions.

Year 9 is in sets by ability based on KS2 and KS3 data. The top set is on track to sit triple science and all others aim for the double award in science. There is room for some movement early on in the year if absolutely appropriate.

Year 10 is in sets by ability based on KS2, KS3 and Year 9 data. The top set is on track to sit triple science and all others aim for the double award in science. There is room for some movement early on in the year if absolutely appropriate.

Year 11 is in sets by ability based on KS2, KS3 and Years 9 and 10 data. The top set is on track to sit triple science and all others are sitting the double award in science.

6 x 50 minutes

 

Year 12 and 13 (KS5)

A-level students have 5 x 50 minute lessons per week. We offer the following courses at A-level:

Biology (AQA 7401/7402)

Chemistry (AQA 7404/7405)

Physics (AQA 7407/7408)

Psychology (AQA 7181)

The courses are all running to new specifications which are two year, linear programmes. Biology, Physics and Chemistry include a practical endorsement; students need to complete 12 practicals throughout the course and these skills are assessed as 30% of their final grade through a written paper.  All subjects are assessed via terminal exam papers.

All students are assessed in an ongoing manner with topic tests and exam style questions for homework but more formally at key points in the year with mocks exams. These inform decisions around continuing from Year 12 to 13 as well as interventions targeted at specific students.

5 x 50 minute lessons

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION

STEM

We run many varied STEM activities both in and outside of school. These are organised by our Head Technician or an appropriate teacher, and students will be informed depending on the type of activity and numbers. These cut across all year groups and ability groupings.

KS3: An after school Science club driven by practical activities is offered to those in KS3. We are exploring the possibility of also running sessions for the CREST Award after school. These will be available to any student interested and would require a commitment over several weeks in order to complete their projects.

KS4: Intervention sessions are run focussing on Year 11 classes but open to others once per week for an hour. In addition teachers offer extra revision where appropriate over the Easter half term and in the run up to GCSE and A-level exams. We also organise and run various trips for different groups of students throughout the year. These focus on areas from all three specialisms to align with the KS4 curriculum supporting students to extend their knowledge and develop their interest.

KS5: KS5 teachers offer an open door policy particularly for Years 12 and 13 to obtain resources or help after school. We actively encourage our A-level students to join us for their self-directed study. Trips are organised for students to explore careers but also to explore the potential that science has in the real world. An example of this is a trip to Switzerland and CERN and this is planned for the 2017–2018 academic year. 

USEFUL WEBSITES

In addition to websites including I am Learning, Logonscience (Key Stage 4) and Kerboodle (Key Stage 5), for which subscriptions are paid the following websites are free and are also used:

http://www.logonscience.com/html/index.php

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

http://cleo.skoool.co.uk/

http://footprints-science.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/

http://www.schoolshistory.org.uk/science.htm

http://www.gcsescience.com/index.html

http://www.what2learn.com/home/examgames/science/

http://www.abpischools.org.uk/page/resource/age/subject.cfm?coSiteNavigation_inAllTopics=1