We believe that Science has something to offer every student whatever their future needs and aspirations. From trainee hairdresser to particle physicist, mechanics apprentice to cancer researcher, everyone needs some level of basic Science understanding. We want our students to ask questions about the world around us, and find out the answers during their Science lessons. We use a range of teaching methods and use practical experimentation whenever possible. We try to take pupils on out of lesson experiences including outside learning and trips. We have high expectations of our students with regard to behaviour and public examination outcomes. We value all students and the contribution they make to Science lessons and we try to cater for the needs of all. We hope to inspire pupils to become lifelong Science learners and to foster enquiring minds so that many students choose to study the subjects at a higher level.
Science is a compulsory subject in both Key Stage 3 and 4. At Key Stage 5 we offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics A-Level.
Key Stage Three
|Autumn Term 1||Autumn Term 2||Spring Term 1||Spring Term 2||Summer Term 1||Summer Term 2|
|Year 7||Cells||Acids & Alkalis||Energy Costs and Transfers Light and Sound||Reproduction||The Particle Model Forces||Separating Mixtures|
|Year 8||Elements, Compounds and mixtures||Bioenergetics||Magnetism and Circuits||Metals and Nonmetals and Climate||Breathing and Digestion||Speed|
Key Stage Four
Key Stage Five
Examination Board: AQA
Practical Work- Practical work is central to A level Biology which give students the skills and confidence needed to investigate the living world.
We develop skills to set students up for carrying out successful experiments in a University Degree. Students are assessed during the practical for their competencies and across the three summer examinations 15% of the marks will be on the practicals during the course.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Chemistry enables students to understand the world they live in from a molecular level, whilst also considering how as chemists they can make a wider impact on some of the big issues affecting the planet today, such as climate change and how to manage our ever dwindling resources with a rapidly expanding population. Students will split their time between the three disciplines of chemistry, inorganic, organic and physical.
|Year 12||Year 13|
|Inorganic||Atomic structure and the Periodic Table |
Bonding and structure
Redox Chemistry Groups 2 and 7
|Redox chemistry II|
The Transition Metals
|Organic||Alkanes and alkenes |
Halogenoalkanes and alcohols
Modern analytical techniques I
|Isomerism Carbonyl compounds and their derivatives |
Organic Nitrogen chemistry
Modern analytical techniques II
|Physical||Formulae, equations and amount of substance |
|Chemical Equilibria II |
Rate kinetics II
Students will also have an opportunity to develop the practical skills in these areas, completing a minimum of 16 ‘core’ practicals encompassing 12 important techniques. Students will need a firm grasp of mathematics to study A-Level Chemistry, as in the 2nd year approximately 40% of the topics covered involve looking at chemical laws and properties and the mathematical principles behind these.
Studying chemistry also complements learning in a wide range of other subjects, particularly the other sciences and maths, and prepares students to go on to study a wide range of degree courses at university. A sound knowledge and understanding of chemistry is needed in careers from Astronomy to Zoology, but can also be applied to the worlds of finance, law, medicine and engineering.
Examination Board: AQA
Physics encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the smallest subatomic particles. Moreover, it’s the basis of many other sciences, including chemistry, oceanography, seismology, and astronomy (and can be applied to biology or medical science). The skills that an A Level Physicists learns and develops can be transferred to many other applications and professions. Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions.