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Science

The Science Department is based in two buildings (the M and Q blocks) and consists of 9 fully equipped laboratories three of which were recently refurbished and with 13 teachers. All of the laboratories are fitted with the latest interactive whiteboards and a great emphasis is placed on the use of ICT within the department. We also have a large number of laptops for student use and the students are encouraged to use the Internet for research.

Year 7 

In Year 7, the Science course has 12 modules following the 'Science Works' scheme. Each pupil is issued with a student book. Each module will last approximately 3 weeks. All science lessons are usually taught by one teacher in their mixed ability form groups, to aid transition from KS2.

Modules

1 Cells
2 Reproduction
3 Differences
4 Classification
5 Acid Reactions
6 Particles
7 Elements & Compounds
8 Chemical Reactions
9 Electricity & Magnetism
10 Energy
11 Forces
12 Space

How to progress

The course of work has been designed so that the pupils build upon their KS2 experiences and further develop their practical and analytical skills in preparation for KS3 and KS4 examinations later. Students will be examined in Science KS3 SATs at the end of year 8.
In order to make progress throughout the course you will need to be aware of the levels of knowledge in all branches of Science.
In order to monitor your progress you will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the year by end of topic tests. These will be linked to the levels and from this you will be able to see which level you are performing. This will be compared with your predicted level for SATs and will enable your teachers to guide you towards the work you must do to achieve this level, or better still exceed it.

Additionally you will be given homework which will be linked to work completed in the class. This will include exam questions, revision activities and additional assignments.

How to help your child

In Science, we believe the best way to support your child is by supporting your child with their homework.

WHY IS HOMEWORK IMPORTANT?

1. It can help pupils to make more rapid progress in learning.
2. It can allow pupils to develop the practice of working on their own without the constant presence of the teacher or other pupils on the one hand and the external discipline of things such as the timetable or the bells on the other. This way of working is vital at the later stages of secondary education and after.
3. Work at home can provide the quiet and private conditions needed for creative and thoughtful work of all kinds.
4. It can allow valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom or laboratory.
5. It can allow pupils to use materials and other sources of information that are not always available in the classroom or laboratory.
6. It can involve parents and others in the pupils' work for their mutual benefit.
7. It can give opportunities for long term research and other work.
8. It can form an important part of the pupil's notes.
9. This gives pupils valuable experience of working to deadlines and facilitates staff with their marking schedules.
10. It forms a link with the methods of study crucial to success at Secondary School.

HOW CAN PARENTS OR GUARDIANS HELP WITH HOMEWORK?

1. Check that homework details are filled in clearly and regularly in the homework diary. There is space there for your regular signature.
2. Help your child organise his or her time to best advantage so that things are not all left to the last minute or even forgotten.
3. Try to make sure that there are suitable working conditions at home.
4. Take a positive and active interest in your child's work at home rather than just insisting that it is done.
5. Let us know if there are problems with homework that you cannot resolve. Perhaps your child seems to be doing too much, or not enough, or is finding it too easy or too difficult. Contact the Science class teacher in the first instance who will be glad to help.

Year 8 

In Year 8 pupils continue to follow the ‘Science Works’ scheme and it is divided into a further 12 modules, each lasting approximately 3 weeks. Pupils are usually taught by one teacher in their mixed ability form groups.

Each topic involves a mixture of practical lessons where the pupils perform experiments, and non-practical lessons where they write up their experiments, analyse and discuss their results and plan further work. The 12 year 8 modules are:

1 Life Support
2 Keeping Healthy
3 People & Environment
4 Shaping Life
5 The Periodic Table
6 Using Elements
7 Metal Reactions
8 What’s in Rocks?
9 Heating & Cooling
10 Light
11 Sound
12 Moving Around

How to progress

The course of work has been designed so that the pupils build upon their KS2 and Year 7 experiences and further develop their practical and analytical skills in preparation for KS3 and KS4 examinations later.

In order to make progress throughout the course you will need to be aware of the levels of knowledge in all branches of Science.
In order to monitor your progress you will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the year by end of topic tests. These will be linked to the levels and from this you will be able to see which level you are performing. This will be compared with your predicted level for SATs and will enable your teachers to guide you towards the work you must do to achieve this level, or better still exceed it.

Additionally you will be given homework consisting of questions from SATs papers from previous years which are related to the topics you will be studying at the time. These will be marked and will give another indication of your level of performance.

How to help your child in Science

We believe the best way to support your child is by supporting your child with their homework.

WHY IS HOMEWORK IMPORTANT?

1. It can help pupils to make more rapid progress in learning.
2. It can allow pupils to develop the practice of working on their own without the constant presence of the teacher or other pupils on the one hand and the external discipline of things such as the timetable or the bells on the other. This way of working is vital at the later stages of secondary education and after.
3. Work at home can provide the quiet and private conditions needed for creative and thoughtful work of all kinds.
4. It can allow valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom or laboratory.
5. It can allow pupils to use materials and other sources of information that are not always available in the classroom or laboratory.
6. It can involve parents and others in the pupils' work for their mutual benefit.
7. It can give opportunities for long term research and other work.
8. It can form an important part of the pupil's notes.
9. This gives pupils valuable experience of working to dead lines and facilitates staff with their marking schedules.
10. It forms a link with the methods of study crucial to success at Secondary School.

HOW CAN PARENTS OR GUARDIANS HELP WITH HOMEWORK?

1. Check that homework details are filled in clearly and regularly in the homework diary. There is space there for your regular signature.
2. Help your child organise his or her time to best advantage so that things are not all left to the last minute or even forgotten.
3. Try to make sure that there are suitable working conditions at home.
4. Take a positive and active interest in your child's work at home rather than just insisting that it is done.
5. Let us know if there are problems with homework that you cannot resolve. Perhaps your child seems to be doing too much, or not enough, or is finding it too easy or too difficult. Contact the Science class teacher in the first instance who will be glad to help.

Year 9 

During Year 9 Science lessons will be starting on the GCSE Science courses leading to the Triple Award or Double Award in Science. All pupils will be taught the core content in Biology, Chemical and Physics throughout Year 9 and will sit the examination in January of Year 10. Pupils will be taught in sets depending on their ability and by subject specialists. Pupils have three lessons per two week cycle in the each of the 3 sciences and most will be taught by more than one teacher. At the end of Year 9 students sit a mock core GCSE examination and are then divided into groups according to the levels achieved in these examinations.

Should pupils wish to find out more detail about the GCSE topics which will be studied they can do so by visiting the AQA website which can be found at www.aqa.org.uk.

How to progress

In order to make progress throughout the course you will need to be aware of the levels of knowledge in all branches of Science.

In order to monitor your progress you will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the year by end of topic tests. These will be linked to grades and from this you will be able to see which grade you are performing.

Additionally you will be given homework consisting of questions from past papers from previous years which are related to the topics you will be studying at the time. These will be marked and will give another indication of your level of performance.

How to help your child in Science

We believe the best way to support your child is by supporting your child with their homework.

WHY IS HOMEWORK IMPORTANT?

1. It can help pupils to make more rapid progress in learning.
2. It can allow pupils to develop the practice of working on their own without the constant presence of the teacher or other pupils on the one hand and the external discipline of things such as the timetable or the bells on the other. This way of working is vital at the later stages of secondary education and after.
3. Work at home can provide the quiet and private conditions needed for creative and thoughtful work of all kinds.
4. It can allow valuable practice of skills learned in the classroom or laboratory.
5. It can allow pupils to use materials and other sources of information that are not always available in the classroom or laboratory.
6. It can involve parents and others in the pupils' work for their mutual benefit.
7. It can give opportunities for long term research and other work.
8. It can form an important part of the pupil's notes.
9. This gives pupils valuable experience of working to dead lines and facilitates staff with their marking schedules.
10. It forms a link with the methods of study crucial to success at Secondary School.

HOW CAN PARENTS OR GUARDIANS HELP WITH HOMEWORK?

1. Check that homework details are filled in clearly and regularly in the homework diary. There is space there for your regular signature.
2. Help your child organise his or her time to best advantage so that things are not all left to the last minute or even forgotten.
3. Try to make sure that there are suitable working conditions at home.
4. Take a positive and active interest in your child's work at home rather than just insisting that it is done.
5. Let us know if there are problems with homework that you cannot resolve. Perhaps your child seems to be doing too much, or not enough, or is finding it too easy or too difficult.

Contact the Science class teacher in the first instance who will be glad to help.

To find out information about the all the sixth form courses offered please see the sixth form pages.

  • Science Specialist School
  • The Prince's Teaching Institute 3 Subjects 2017
  • The Prince's Teaching Institute Leadership 2016
  • Leading Edge
  • Educational Outcomes Awards
  • Ofsted Outstanding