Science

Head of Department: Ms. H Dick

Science Is taught in eleven purpose built science laboratories, three of which are designated for Post 16 students.

The faculty has its own dedicated computer facilities and a large range of portable computers to enable the measurement and presentation of data.

Our school was one of the first to examine students’ abilities in scientific investigation and now that this is a compulsory element of National Curriculum science our students have the advantage of established procedures allowing them exceptional opportunities to pursue their own ideas and test them by experiment.

‘In order to learn well, children need a calm and purposeful classroom atmosphere …’

The Elton’s Report ‘Discipline in School’

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students are taught in three well-maintained lower school laboratories. The layout of the laboratories offers maximum observation and ICT facility for all ability students.

The course the Science faculty teaches at KS3 is called Eureka. This is a highly differentiated course comp-rising of two differentiated textbooks for each year. There are nine topics in Year 7 and 8, then six in Year 9, followed by revisions on the three natural sciences biology, chemistry and physics.

The Key Stage culminates in the Year 9 SATs public examinations which assess the attainment of students at the end of KS3.

Key Stage 4

The layout of the laboratories offers maximum observation and ICT facilities for all ability students. Two laboratories have fume cabinets.

The GCSE course followed at KS4 is NEAB Double Award Science. This is a highly differentiated scheme, comprising of higher, foundation and certificated levels. There are twelve topics, six are taught in Year 10 as objective (multiple choice) module tests. The other six are taught for the final two written exams as structured questions covering the three natural sciences biology, chemistry and physics. The module tests are:

Year 10
Humans as organisms
Maintenance of life
Metal
Earth material
Energy
Electricity

Year 11
Environment
Inheritance and selection
Patterns of chemical change
Structure and bonding
Forces
Wave and radiation