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Key Stage 3:
The curriculum at KS3 aims to be challenging and thought-provoking, with scientific enquiry at its core. Science is covered in six lessons a fortnight with each of the sciences being taught as discrete units covering the National Curriculum content. Through the units, we hope to support or reawaken a natural curiosity about the world around us and how it works in addition to developing the literacy, numeracy and working scientifically skills required for your child’s progression into KS4 qualifications.
Key Stage 4:
Students are given the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Science through a variety of routes which aim to challenge and enthuse them to the applications of science to their world.
For current year 11s we offer
AQA Double Award Science GCSE
AQA Separate Sciences GCSE (Triple award)
For all other years, we are moving towards the new specification for Science
AQA Combined Science GCSE (two GCSE award)
AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE (three GCSE option)
The variety of courses are offered to ensure that all students receive a supportive, stimulating, dynamic and academically challenging experience leading them to a suitable qualification.
Key Stage 5:
The department offers A-levels in Biology (AQA), Chemistry (OCR) and Physics (AQA). Standards are high with students regularly progressing to study science and engineering at University.
At all key stages, students are encouraged to develop their enjoyment and achievement in science with support being offered through revision sessions and booster classes.
The Department offers a range of enrichment activities.
There is a weekly science club for KS3 students in which students are offered the opportunity to enter for a CREST award.
At KS4 students are offered opportunities such as talks from guest speakers from fields as wide ranging as neuroscience to rocket science as well as opportunities for trips to Universities to see the range of possibilities on offer to them.
Science week is an annual opportunity to promote the enjoyment of science within the school with additional activities and in class activities being provided within real life contexts.
At KS5 students are offered opportunities to put their learning into context through field trips, University trips and lecture days in order to enhance and contextualise their developing understanding.
Staff and facilities:
The department consists of 8 specialist science teachers and 3 technicians. The teaching of science occurs in 11 dedicated laboratories 3 of which are set up especially for 6th form lessons. Each laboratory has an interactive whiteboard in addition to access to a class set of laptops with wireless Internet connection, data logging equipment and a wide variety of equipment that is used in practical lessons.