Science

Years 7 - 9

Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be completing a new AQA scheme of work which will cover the Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics necessary to prepare pupils for success at GCSE.

Year 7

Students begin Year 7 with an introduction to the secondary school laboratory.  This unit covers the health and safety requirements of working in a school laboratory.  Pupils are then gradually introduced to a range of laboratory equipment and are taught how to use them correctly.

The topics covered in Year 7 are listed below.  These topics are delivered in rotation, so that not all of the Year 7 teaching groups are working on the same topic at any one time.

Year 7 topics

Forces – Speed and Gravity

Electromagnets – Voltage and resistance and Current

Energy – Fuels and Energy transfer

Waves – Sound and Light

Matter – Particle model and Separating mixtures

Reactions – Metals and non-metals and Acids and alkalis

Organisms – Movement and Cells

Ecosystems – Interdependence and Plant reproduction

Genes – Variation and Human reproduction 

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils are arranged in sets for their Science lessons.  Pupils study a number of topics which build on the learning from Year 7.

The topics covered in Year 8 are listed below.  Again, these topics are delivered in rotation, so that not all of the Year 8 teaching groups are working on the same topic at any one time.

Year 8 topics

Electromagnets – Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Energy – Energy costs and power

Matter – Periodic table and Elements

Reactions – Chemical energy and Types of reaction

Earth – Earth’s structure and The Universe

Organisms – Breathing and Digestion

Ecosystem – Respiration and Photosynthesis 

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils remain in sets for their Science lessons – the sets are revised at the beginning of Year 9.

The topics covered in Year 9 are listed below.  Again, these extended topics are delivered in rotation, so that not all of the Year 9 teaching groups are working on the same topic at any one time.

Year 9 topics

Forces – Contact Forces and Pressure

Waves – Wave effects and Wave properties

Energy – Calculating energy transfers and Specific heat capacity

Earth – Climate and Earth’s resources

Atomic structure – Sub-atomic particles and Trends in the periodic table

Genes – Evolution and Inheritance

Health Matters – Diseases and Fighting infection 

Years 10-11

In years 10-11 students are prepared for:-

  • Traditional 3 Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA specification), or
  • Double Award GCSEs, Combined Science: Trilogy worth 2 GCSE’s (AQA specification)

In the main, students are taught by specialist teachers for each of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics elements of the courses.  Strong emphasis is placed on developing thinking skills and independent study. 

Practise exam papers and other useful resources can be found at the following web addresses:

Combined Science: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/assessment-resources

Triple Science Biology: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/assessment-resources

Triple Science Chemistry: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462/assessment-resources

Triple Science Physics: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463/assessment-resources 

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 – 13)

Advanced levels are taught by specialist teachers.  The following A’ levels are offered:- 

  • Biology AQA
  • Chemistry AQA
  • Physics AQA 

Students are timetabled for 10 lessons a fortnight for each Science A Level course. AS examinations are completed at the end of Year 12 (for pupils who choose not to continue to year 13) and A Level examinations at the end of Year 13. 

Resources for each subject can be found on the following web pages:

Biology: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

Chemistry: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

Physics: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408 

Science Achievements

Triple Science GCSEs and A Level Sciences continue to be a popular choice for our pupils. In June 2017, 70% of Additional Science GCSE grades were at A*-C. The figures for pupils taking Triple Science GCSES were even higher, with 94%, 96% and 100% of pupils achieving A*-C in Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs respectively. At the higher end of the achievement scale our pupils also performed extremely well, with 38%, 48% and 45% of pupils achieving A*-A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs respectively.  

In the last 3 years we have seen significant numbers of students accepted into Medical School, Engineering Degree courses and other Science-related degree courses. Students regularly go onto study science subjects at the Russell Group Universities. In the last three years students have accepted places at Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Bath and Nottingham Universities to name but a few. 

Teaching Staff:

All staff are highly qualified and experienced with a sound knowledge of their subject area.

Mrs. H. Hodgeman PGCE MSc (Hons) Curriculum Leader of Learning and Head of Physics

Mrs. E. White PGCSE BSc (Hons) 2nd in Department and Head of Biology

Mrs. V. Baxter PGCE BSc (Hons) KS3 and STEM Coordinator and Teacher of Chemistry Mr. E. Willis PGCE BSc (Hons) Head of Chemistry

Mrs. D. Richards GTP BSc (Hons) Teacher of Biology

Miss. C. Renowden PGCE BSc (Hons) Teacher of Biology

Mrs H. Woods PGCE BSc (Hons) Teacher of Chemistry

Mr. R. Sawle PGCE BSc (Hons) Teacher of Physics 

Support Staff

Mrs V McHugh (Senior Technician)

Miss T Brigham BSc (Hons)