SCIENCE

Teaching Staff

 Director of Science   
Mrs S Bohan
Subject Staff
Miss R Ashworth
Mr D Burton
Miss J Carr
Ms S Carmody
Miss C Chan
Mrs J Dunbar
Mr A Farnell
Mrs M Garvey
Mrs K Kearns
Mrs K Kimber
Mr M Mulvaney
Mrs L Parry
Mr F Petrie    
Mrs K Phillips 


Faculty Aims and Objectives

The department aims to offer a bespoke educational experience catered to our students' needs. Specialist teachers are used to deliver their own subjects from KS4 and up to KS5. Where students need more support, the curriculum is catered to their needs. Science, we aim to create an awareness of the world around them where developments is a subject that allows us to create an awareness of the world that may directly affect the students’ quality of life. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular experience from after school Science and Astronomy Clubs, Year 11 intervention session, Most Able breakfast club and STEM visits to some of the world’s leading research institutes such as CERN in Geneva.


Facilities

The Faculty has a full range of facilities at its disposal. It is equipped with ten science Laboratories, of which six have double space teaching and practical areas. One room is dedicated to use as a 6th form teaching laboratory. The faculty also has at its disposal three computer rooms which can hold classes of 28, 16 and 15 pupils. Other rooms include a lecture theatre which can hold 50 pupils and is equipped with a 3D projector. Finally, there are two regular teaching classroom. These varied and modern teaching environments ensure that our learning environments are ready to meet the needs of any curriculum.


Key Stage 3 Overview

The department delivers KS3 in year 7 and 8. Traditionally this course is delivered over 3 years but by taking away overlap content that is addressed in Year 6 and at KS4 the department has created a bespoke curriculum, which maximizes the progress of individuals and giving them a better platform to build from when starting their GCSEs in Science.

Topics covered include:

Year 7 Year 8

Living Systems

The Particle Model

Forces and Motion

Diet and Health

Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Genetics and Evolution

Reactions

Electricity and Electromagnetism

Photosynthesis, Respiration and Circulation
Energy
Acids and Alkalis
Energy
Reproduction and Growth

Materials and Everyday Chemistry

Waves
Ecosystems
The Earth and Atmosphere
Space 


Key Stage 4 Overview

The department delivers KS4 from year 9 to 10. We are currently deliver AQA’s Combined Science: Trilogy due

As part of our delivery we have integrated Science skills based lessons to develop scientific enquiry, numeracy and literacy.

Topics covered include:

Key stage 4 topics
Homeostasis and Response
Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
Ecology
Cell Biology
Organisation
Infection and Response
Bioenergetics
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
Bonding, Structure, and the Properties of Matter
Quantitative Chemistry
Chemical Changes
Energy Changes 
The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
Organic Chemistry
Chemical Analysis
Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Using Resources
Energy
Electricity
Particle Model of Matter
Atomic Structure
Forces
Waves
Magnetism and Electromagnetism



Key Stage 5 Overview

The department delivers the most extensive and varied curriculum possible. The Department currently offers AQA Level 3 GCE Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Pearsons BTEC Applied Science. We are currently delivering AQA Applied General Science but this will not be offered to new Year 12 students from September 2018.


Extra-Curricular Activities

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular experience from after school Science and Astronomy Clubs, Year 11 intervention session, Most Able breakfast club and STEM visits to some of the world’s leading research institutes such as CERN in Geneva.


Future Careers

Common jobs in Science include: Doctor, Veterinarian, Engineer, Pharmacist, Biomedical Scientist, Forensic Scientist, Pharmacologist, Geneticist, Environmental Scientist and Nurse.

Top 10 future jobs in Science:

  1. Environmental scientists research issues relating to natural resources, plants, animals and humans. They use their findings to spread awareness about pollution and how it can be prevented.
  2. Hydrologists study bodies of water and rainfall throughout the world. Their research helps other scientists, governments and businesses understand what pollutants are affecting the water supply.
  3. Geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) study the characteristics of the Earth in an attempt to understand its origins and how it has evolved.
  4. Medical scientists (not including epidemiologists) study human health and diseases in order to develop treatments and discover preventative measures.
  5. Biochemists and Biophysicists study how chemistry and physics affect living organisms, respectively.
  6. Atmospheric scientists monitor the behaviour of the Earth's atmosphere in order to understand its role in the environment. Their work is gaining more visibility as they learn more about global warming, which has become a media and political focal point.
  7. Materials scientists attempt to learn about the composition of natural and synthetic materials in order to enhance them or develop new ones. These materials, such as metals or plastic, can be found in everyday items or in large structures.
  8. Physicists study the properties of matter and motion. This includes researching the universe's origin or developing new scientific tools, depending on their specialisation.
  9. Astronomers study the characteristics and behaviour of the sun, stars, galaxies and planets of the universe.
  10. Biological scientists observe and study all forms of life, from microscopic organisms to humans, in order to better understand how these organisms develop and interact with their surroundings.

Useful web links

http://www.scibermonkey.org/
General Science resources for all key stages


http://www.bbc.co.uk/education
General Science resources for all key stages

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science/
Test yourself quizzes for KS3

http://www.docbrown.info/
General Science resources for all key stages

http://www.knockhardy.org.uk/sci.htm
PowerPoints and notes for new A-level Chemistry specifications

http://www.darvill.clara.net/mydown.htm
Links to lots of useful physics information

http://www.dontstoplearning.com/learn.htm
Lots of useful chemistry resources

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/
General science resources for all key stages

http://www.chemguide.co.uk/
A-level chemistry notes

https://www.khanacademy.org/
Video tutorial for all subjects

http://www.biologymad.com/
biology website designed for AS and A-level biology students.

http://www.biology-innovation.co.uk/
A revision site written by a student.

http://www.arkive.org/
This website provides detailed audio-visual profiles of animal species

www.revision-notes.co.uk
Come here for a-level revision notes on atoms, energetics, periodicity, transition metals and organic chemistry.

www.physlink.com
This site allows you to post physics questions for experts to answer.

www.revisionworld.co.uk
A wide range of topics covered on this site and details of how the exams work, as well as techniques for getting the grade you want.

www.purchon.com/biology
This site covers a wide variety of topics from GCSE biology

www.pbs.org
Become a virtual brain surgeon and map out the brain's motor cortex on this animated patient.

www.urbanext.uiuc.edu
A series of pages takes you through the parts of a plant in a lively style complete with animated graphics and photographs.

www.visembryo.com
A simple but effective site showing the development of the foetus from conception to birth.

www.gcsechemistry.com
This site is used in schools and is also great for home studying.

www.gcse.com/physics
Here you can go through all the main theories covered by your GCSE Physics course.


Downloads

Current Specifications

AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

AQA GCSE Synergy Science Specification

AQA Level 3 Physics

AQA Level 3 Chemistry

AQA Level 3 Biology


Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study

Atoms, Elements and Compounds KS3 Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Diet and Health Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Atmosphere and Earth Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Energy Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Forces Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Genetics Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Gas Exchange and Respiration Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Photosynthesis Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Sound and Light Waves Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Living Systems Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Matter and Properties Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Reactions Programme of Study

Key Stage 3 Waves Programme of Study

Key Stage 4 Programmes of Study

Atomic Structure and Periodic Table Programme of Study

Atomic Structure Programme of Study

Bonding and Structure Programme of Study

Cells Programme of Study

Chemical Analysis Programme of Study

Chemical Quantities Programme of Study

Chemistry of the Atmosphere Programme of Study

Co-ordination Programme of Study

Electricity Programme of Study

Genetics Programme of Study

Health Matters Programme of Study

Hydrocarbons Programme of Study

Particle Model of Matter Programme of Study

Photosynthesis Programme of Study

Health Matters Programme of Study

Sustainable Development Programme of Study

The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change Programme of Study

Health Matters Programme of Study