The aim of the Science Department is to facilitate the development of our country’s future scientists by providing students with an inspirational, enthusiastic and creative scientific environment in which they can thrive. Our expectations are high and we pride ourselves on ensuring that all students’ aspirations are raised and that opportunities are provided for them to succeed in every walk of life.
Science enables students to learn a vast skill set that can be applied across the curriculum and utilised within future employment, this includes: using mathematics, problem solving, applying logic, communicating with peers and working collaboratively.
We instill resilience in students and expect them to be proactive in order to achieve the best possible outcomes but most importantly we put students first in order to provide them with a first class science education.
Our key stage 3 curriculum works on the ‘10 big ideas’ principle following the AQA syllabus. These ‘big idea’ topics contain four smaller topics that build in complexity.
10 big ideas
Creative scientists: In year 7 all students will be encouraged to be creative scientists, planning and carrying out practical experiments while covering a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics. Students will be provided with their own key stage 3 revision guide which will support them throughout their studies in year 7 and 8.
Inspired scientists: In year 8 students will start to develop their skill set in order to approach answering questions that may have a social, moral or cultural basis. Students will be encouraged to develop their practical skills and work collaboratively within the three sciences.
Future scientists: In Years 9 to 11, students begin studying for their GCSE examinations, following the AQA specification. This ensures that our students have the opportunity to gain three separate AQA Science GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics. At the end of Year 10, a decision will be made as to which students will continue studying for either the three separate sciences or the Combined Science Trilogy GCSE.
Our curriculum content is regularly reviewed and updated to ensure students experience a range of practical and theoretical learning structures.