Science

Welcome to the Science faculty. The Science Department consists of seven fully equipped laboratories grouped mainly in pairs, with a preparation room between. These laboratories are serviced by fully qualified technicians who ensure all practical work is fully catered for.

Introduction

 

During science lessons, pupils participate in: experiments, investigations, theoretical discussions and  demonstrations. We also try to make it fun! 

It is our aim to provide pupils with practical skills, ICT  skills, logical thinking, numeracy skills, teamwork and problem‐solving skills. 

These qualities are  highly valued by employers and admissions tutors once pupils leave school. From year 7, students  are set so that they 

cover the curriculum at an appropriate pace and level of development. Students in Key Stage 4 are taught by a specialist Biology, Chemistry or 

Physics teacher for each area of the  course. 

Courses Offered

 

At Key Stage 3, we cover the following areas of the National Curriculum: 

  • Physics, consisting of: Electricity and Magnetism; Forces and Motion; Light and Sound; the Earth  and Beyond; Energy Resources and Energy Transfer.  
  • Biology, covering a range of topics from microscopic cells and micro‐organisms to biochemical and  biological processes such as digestion, the heart and circulation and on a larger scale, the way in  which organisms and populations interact with their environment.  
  • Chemistry, including: Particles; Elements and Compounds; Chemical reactions; Acids and Alkalis;  experimenting with separating mixtures.  
     At Key stage 4 there are the following GCSE level options for study, covering 4 GCSE syllabuses: 

  • •OCR GCSE Combined Science A 
  • OCR GCSE Physics, GCSE Chemistry & GCSE Biology. 

Student will follow one of the above options depending on their own interest and ability. Each GCSE  can be taken at either foundation or higher level of entry. 

All of these courses emphasise explanation, theories and modelling in science along with the  implications of science for society. 

Strong emphasis is placed upon the active involvement of  students in the learning process, which is encouraged by:  


  • Identifying activities and experiences which will excite students’ interest, through links to scientific  ideas and their implications for society;  
  • Providing opportunities to develop science explanations and theories. 

Science Grade Descriptors
Science Year 7 POS
Year 7 Science summer term scheme of learning and homework menu
Year 7 Science summer term homework menu
Science Year 8 POS
Year 8 Science summer term scheme of learning and homework menu
Year 8 Science summer term homework menu
Science Year 9 POS
Year 9 Science summer term scheme of learning
Year 9 Science summer term homework menu
Science KS4 Curriculum

 Year 10 Science Biology unit 4 summer term scheme of learning

Year 10 Science Chemistry unit 4 summer term scheme of learning

Year 10 Science Physics unit 4 summer term scheme of learning

Year 10 Science  summer term homework menu

Enrichment

 

  • Key stage 3 Science club
  • Year 7 Science & engineering week activities
  • Visit to Blackpool Zoo to help with the ecology section of the KS3 course.
  • After school drop-in help during GCSE.
  • Targeted revision sessions near exam time
  • The Faculty also has sets of Chromebooks, Netbooks and wireless learner response units to aid students learning.

 

Three things you can do to help your child

 

  • Encourage them to watch any science related program on TV, such as “Bang goes the theory!”
  • Take an interest in what they are doing in science and talk to them about any aspects of science that come into your job or everyday life.
  • Instead of asking your child “what did you learn today at school”, ask them “did you ask a good question today?” encourage them to be inquisitive, to want to know about the world around them.