Science

Staff

Mr D Pollock – Curriculum Leader

Mr K Whitehead – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mr R Gouland – Lead Teacher

Mr R Rose – Teacher of Science

Mrs S Keating – Teacher of Science

Mrs M Vasconcelos – Teacher of Science

Mrs S Miley – Teacher of Science

Dr S Larrington – Teacher of Science

Mr Deacon – Teacher of Science

Ms Brown – Senior Technician

Ms Alves – Technician

Mrs Thurman – HLTA

Our curriculum model strives to ensure that all students achieve their potential either in line with or exceeding National standards.The aim of the Science department is to develop and maintain students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment of science by providing inspiring lessons and stimulating learning. We believe that if we can achieve this, students are better equipped to make sense of the world and understand current issues. Throughout the Science curriculum students will develop transferable skills they will need throughout life such as problem solving, teamwork, communication and numeracy. These essential skills will arm students for the challenges of the working world.

KS3

In Year 7 we use the Collins scheme of work, which we use as a basis to write our own in- house schemes. We ensure that within our schemes they include exciting, engaging and effective lessons, which meet the demands of the new programme of study.

Topics that are studied include;

  • Cells
  • Energy transfers and sound
  • Eating, drinking and breathing
  • Mixing, dissolving and separating
  • Elements, compounds and reactions
  • Forces and their effects
  • Plants and ecosystems

In Year 8 we have used the Heinemann ‘Go’ scheme of work to develop our own engaging in-house schemes and resources.

Topics that are studied include;

  • What’s in a reaction?
  • Rocks and environmental chemistry
  • Systems for survival
  • Finding out about light and sound
  • Exploring magnetism
  • Heating and cooling
  • How things interact/how we stay healthy
  • Upsetting the balance
  • Fit and healthy
  • Reactivity
  • Pressure and moments 

Assessment

We assess our students using a range of classwork, homework and formal end of topic tests.

KS3/4 Transition

In Year 9 we begin teaching the Edexcel GCSE syllabus. We teach our students the content from Core Science and have divided it into two topics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is taught to our students on a teacher rotation basis, so wherever possible students are taught by a specialist teacher.

The main topic areas are as follows:

Biology 1 –   Classification, Inheritance, Evolution and Drugs
Biology 2 – Homeostasis, Hormones, Pathogens
Chemistry 1 – Metals, Limestone, Neutralisation
Chemistry 2 – Hydrocarbons, Plastics, Pollution
Physics 1 – Lenses, Telescopes, Waves
Physics 2 – Solar system, Energy sources, Electricity

KS4

At KS4 we offer a range of course to match the needs of our students.

Year 10 and 11 Core and Additional GCSE (2 GCSE’s)

In Year 10 the majority of our students will continue to study Edexcel Core Science along with some content from Edexcel Additional Science. The main focus in this academic year however is Core Science as it is examined in the summer term. Students are taught by subject specialists in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In Year 11 students will continue to progress on the Edexcel Additional course. This is examined in the summer term of Year 11. Again students are taught by subject specialists in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Assessment

Students are assessed by regular progress tests which have been carefully planned into the delivery of the course.

Edexcel assessment

Core Science

B1 – 25% 1 hour written paper

C1 – 25% 1 hour written paper

P1 – 25% 1 hour written paper

Controlled practical assessment – 25%

Additional Science

B2 – 25% 1 hour written paper

C2 – 25% 1 hour written paper

P2 – 25% 1 hour written paper

Controlled practical assessment – 25%

Year 10 and 11 Triple Science (3 GCSE’s)

Students are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics as discrete disciplines over the course of the two years. Students are taught by subject specialists.

Assessment

Students are assessed by regular progress tests, which have been carefully planned into the delivery of the course.

Edexcel assessment

Biology: B1, B2, B3 plus controlled practical assessment (all worth 25% each)

Chemistry: C1, C2, C3 plus controlled practical assessment (all worth 25% each)

Physics: P1, P2, P3 plus controlled practical assessment (all worth 25% each)

All examinations are one hour written papers and are sat in the summer term of Year 11.

Year 10 and 11 Core Science (1 GCSE)

This course is offered to our work related students, who study it over two years.

Assessment

Students are assessed by regular progress tests which have been carefully planned into the delivery of the course.

Edexcel assessment

Core Science

B1– 25% 1 hour written paper
C1 – 25% 1 hour written paper
P1 – 25% 1 hour written paper
Controlled practical assessment – 25%

Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Principles of Applied Science (equivalent to 1 GCSE)

This course allows learners to develop knowledge their understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes.

Mandatory units Assessment

1. Principles of Science External assessment – 25%

2. Chemistry and Our Earth Internal assignments – 25%
3. Energy and Our Universe Internal assignments – 25%
4. Biology and Our Environment Internal assignments – 25%

Students will be graded either: Fail, pass, merit, distinction

Edexcel Entry Level Certificate

This course is targeted at our 14- to 16-year-old students who are working at a level below that required for a grade G at GCSE.

It is also accessible to a wide range of learners, including students with learning difficulties.

The Entry Level Certificate in Science gives students access to the Key Stage 4 programme of study. Consisting of twelve units, the course is designed to be taught in small steps to meet students’ individual learning styles. As each unit is only assessed when the teacher decides that students are ready for assessment, students are more motivated and have a greater chance of success.

Enrichment

Activity Target Activity
RSC Top of the Bench

 

KS4 Chemistry competition run by the university of York
Space Dome All year 7

 

Visit to the space dome.

This was augmented by other activities within school such as Design a space suit

Design an alien

Fitness of astronauts

Leeds University Festival of Science Year 8

 

Visit to Leeds University for

Hesco Engineering Challenge,

Proof of the Pudding Sponsored by M and S

Leeds University Festival of Science

Physics is Fun

Year 10

 

Full day of activities including using Light to make art.

Speaker from CERN discussing physics of the Hadron collider

Salters Festival of Chemistry KS3 Practical chemistry based at Leeds University

 

Proposed for the summer term
STEM Physics Top set year 10 to engage in year 11 work Nuclear fusion and nuclear fission
Jay Animal experience Years 8 and 9 Introduction to real animals habitats and adaptations in an interactive activity
Institute of Physics road show Year 9 Demonstration of experiments