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Science

Teaching staff:

Mrs S Gallimore - Head of Faculty
Mr S Murray - 2nd of Faculty
Mrs B Palm
Ms F Fullerton
Mrs N Bolton
Mr S Hunt
Ms N Saltmarsh
Mr D Vango

Technical staff:

Mrs D Bass (Joint Lead technician)
Mrs B Hutchison (Joint Lead Technician)
Mrs F Janes

Aims of the Science Faculty:
We aim to provide our students with the knowledge and understanding to engage, as informed citizens, with science based issues in an ever changing scientific and technological world. A range of courses are provided to enable our students to access the National Curriculum in ways that are best suited to the individuals.
Resources:
The faculty consists of seven, well equipped laboratories, with three main preparation areas. Each laboratory is equipped with an interactive white board. We are also fortunate enough to have two sets of Chrome Books which has enabled us to teach in new and innovative ways.
Key Stage 3:
This year we are starting a new course based on the new National Curriculum for Science. To enhance the learning experience of our students, we have purchased on-line resources so that the students will be able to access class work, homework and revision material at home. The work is fully differentiated to meet the needs of individual students.
At Key Stage 3, students in Years 8 and 9 are set in ability groups, whereas Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability groups until Christmas.
Key Stage 4:
A range of Key Stage 4 courses are offered to provide our students with the best possible chances of attaining qualifications in science.
Twenty-first century Core and Additional Science: This is a suite of two separate GCSE courses that the majority of students follow in Years 10 and 11. The courses are each comprised of six examinations which account for 75% of the grade, together with Controlled Assessments that account for 25%.
Students who achieve level 6 at Key Stage 3 are also offered the option to study Triple Science, which provides them with three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. A Controlled Assessment makes up 25% of each qualification, the rest comprises of three examinations per subject.
Some of our students are selected to study Cambridge Nationals in Science in Year 10, which gives them a GCSE equivalent grade. 75% of the assessment is based on Controlled Assessments carried out in school and the remainder consists of one examination accounting for 25% of the qualification. In Year 11, these students take a GCSE in Additional Applied Science. 60% of this qualification is based on controlled assessments and 40% on examinations.
Homework:
All students are expected to complete homework on a regular basis. This may involve completing tasks to consolidate understanding from a lesson, revising for an assessment or may be independent research. Some homework tasks are set as projects and may last for a number of weeks. Key Stage 3 students will have access to Kerboodle (our on-line scheme of work) and will be able to use the revision tests and also print off worksheets for homework. Students studying Twenty First Century Science will have access to a website via gmail which contains revision material such as summary power points and question banks. These are currently being developed for Cambridge Nationals Science and Additional Applied Science. Websites recommended for all students to revise from include Sam Learning and BBC Bitesize.
What else does the Science Faculty offer?
  • More Able Saturday School.
  • Science and Engineering Week competitions.
  • Year 7 Safety Poster competition.
  • Year 7 trip to Colchester Zoo, linked to a project competition.
  •  Science Live trip for Triple Science Students.
  •  Some students have the opportunity to apply to become Science Ambassadors. This provides them with the opportunity to go into primary schools and teach science to younger students.
  • Out of hours revision classes to support preparation for GCSE.

 

SMSC in Science:
Science provides opportunities for students to:

·         Consider the fact of life, growth, decay and death and how different organisms are dependent on each other.

·         Reflect and wonder at the fact of order, regularity and pattern in the natural and physical world, the vastness of the universe and the variety of life and consider the question of the possibility of a Creator.

·         Raise questions about the view that science can provide a comprehensive and complete view of life and enable them to see the parameters of the subject and that it does not seek to answer all the questions humans ask.

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