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.
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.
- •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.
- 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.