We believe passionately that our students need the best education that we can provide. With government changes and increased rigor we have devised schemes of work at all key stages that not only go through content but develop skills necessary for our students to reach their full potential as well as try to inspire them to move into science careers. Science is all about finding things out and we have developed our curriculum to improve students’ curiosity, independence, determination and resilience. Many scientific discoveries only happened because there were many failed attempts; we try and give our students the opportunities needed to recognise the importance of these skills not only in the classroom but also with our science clubs.
Key Stage 3 (yr. 7 & 8)
All KS3 lessons follow the national curriculum. All our lessons have been written by our teachers to support the learning of our students. We have an emphasis on students finding things out for themselves as any good scientist would do.
As students join us in year 7 we introduce them to Science practical work by developing their experimental skills as well as making sure that all students are able to work safely in a laboratory. Students will be taught in mixed ability groups in year 7 and in sets in year 8. We assess progress every term and all students will complete an end of year examination.
We offer science clubs for KS3 students and compete in various competitions nationally.
Topics at KS3
|Cells and organisations||Atoms, elements and compounds||Forces and motion|
|Relationships in ecosystems||Particulate nature of matter||Heating and cooling|
|Reproduction||Pure substances and separation techniques|
|Skeletal and muscular systems|
|Gas exchange systems and respiration||Acids and alkalis||Electricity and electromagnets|
|Genetics and evolution||Chemical reactions||Waves, light and sound|
|Nutrition and digestion||Earth universe and atmosphere|
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
We study the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course at KS4 from year 9. We also offer three separate sciences for our more academically able students. All students will start GCSE at the start of year 9. Students are grouped according to ability to best support progress for all learners.
Students will take two exams for each Science subject. Separate Science students will take three exams for each subject.
To support student progress we offer a Science clinic where students are able to revise science content and to discuss any misunderstandings or concerns with teachers.
Topics for Separate Science and Trilogy
|Cells||Structures, Bonding and Properties||Waves|
|Organisation||Quantitative||Nuclear and Space|
|Infection and Response||Chemical changes||Electricity|
|Bioenergetics||Rates and Energy||Forces|
Magnets and Electromagnets
|Variation and Evolution|
Key Stage 5 (A2)
We follow the OCR Biology specification. Students have 9 hours a fortnight of contact time with an expectation to complete a minimum of 9 hours of independent study. The qualification is linear and examined at the end of the second year of study. There will be 3 papers.
We follow the OCR Chemistry specification. You will have Chemistry for eight hours per fortnight. This is a linear specification. We attend A-level Chemistry live trip every year. The A-Level in Chemistry (A) specification content is divided into six teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics.
We study AQA. Your child will have Physics for nine hours per fortnight. This qualification is linear. The written exams will be 2 hours. We attend A level physics live event each year and go to CERN biannually.