The science department has five laboratories equipped with projectors and interactive whiteboards. There is a set of wireless networked laptops available to support teaching and learning. All staff have iPads for use in lessons and we have new textbooks and online resources to support the new curriculum.
KEY STAGE 3
At Key Stage 3 we aim to develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. Students are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain observations, predict how things will behave and then analyse and evaluate the results.
Through units of work students are introduced to biology, chemistry and physics. There is an emphasis on learning and developing the thinking and practical skills which will enable students to become competent scientists. Students are encouraged to buy a revision guide to support their learning throughout Key Stage 3.
The curriculum continues to rotate around topics based on biology, chemistry and physics, developing more in-depth knowledge as it progresses.
Students begin the GCSE Science Course. All students are taught by subject specialists in biology, chemistry and physics. To facilitate this, students rotate around three teachers throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the BA CREST Awards on a scientific research project of their choosing; the best projects are entered into a national competition.
KEY STAGE 4
Year 10 students continue to be taught by subject specialists. Students can opt to take Triple Science leading to a GCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or take Combined Science, which covers topics from biology, chemistry and physics and is equivalent to two GCSE’s. In addition, we run GCSE Astronomy after school.
As a science college, we offer a variety of different opportunities in science beyond the curriculum. These include residential visits, involvement in STEM week, trips to see Science Theatre shows, to hear talks from eminent scientists and to get involved in science at work events to help inspire our next generation of scientists.