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Aims

The department aims to deliver a challenging, stimulating course to pupils of all ability, which provides a solid foundation for those pupils wishing to progress to A-level sciences, and a thorough understanding of how Science and scientific processes influence all of our lives.

 Science Staff:

  • Miss R Webb – Head of Science, Biology
  • Mr S McGhee – Deputy Head, Physics
  • Mrs L McPhee – Physics
  • Mr A Nolan – Chemistry
  • Mrs R Clarke - Chemistry
  • Mrs M Dixon – Technician
  • Mrs K Fisher – Science Teaching Assistant

 Key Stage 3 – Year 7 & 8 students are taught 5 lessons per fortnight.

 The topics covered in Year 7 are:

  • B1 – Cells and Body Systems
  • B2 – Health and Lifestyle
  • C1 – Elements, Mixtures and Compounds
  • C2 – The Periodic Table
  • P1 – Forces
  • P2 – Energy

 The topics covered in Year 8 are:

  • B3 – Adaptation and Inheritance
  • B4 – Ecosystem Processes
  • C3 – Chemical Reactions
  • C4 – Rocks and the Environment
  • P3 – Light and Sound
  • P4 – Electricity and Magnetism

 GCSE Science – Current Year 9 and 10 students are following either the AQA Trilogy Specification (2 GCSEs) or AQA Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs).

 Both courses include the teaching of:

 Biology: 7 units including

Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology

 Chemistry: 10 units including

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

 Physics: 7 units including

Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure.

 Assessment

There are six exam papers for both courses: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

 Students must also complete a series of required practicals over the course which will be examined on the written papers. 

Science

Aims

The department aims to deliver a challenging, stimulating course to pupils of all ability, which provides a solid foundation for those pupils wishing to progress to A-level sciences, and a thorough understanding of how Science and scientific processes influence all of our lives.

 Science Staff:

  • Miss R Webb – Head of Science, Biology
  • Mr S McGhee – Deputy Head, Physics
  • Mrs L McPhee – Physics
  • Mr A Nolan – Chemistry
  • Mrs R Clarke - Chemistry
  • Mrs M Dixon – Technician
  • Mrs K Fisher – Science Teaching Assistant

 Key Stage 3 – Year 7 & 8 students are taught 5 lessons per fortnight.

 The topics covered in Year 7 are:

  • B1 – Cells and Body Systems
  • B2 – Health and Lifestyle
  • C1 – Elements, Mixtures and Compounds
  • C2 – The Periodic Table
  • P1 – Forces
  • P2 – Energy

 The topics covered in Year 8 are:

  • B3 – Adaptation and Inheritance
  • B4 – Ecosystem Processes
  • C3 – Chemical Reactions
  • C4 – Rocks and the Environment
  • P3 – Light and Sound
  • P4 – Electricity and Magnetism

 GCSE Science – Current Year 9 and 10 students are following either the AQA Trilogy Specification (2 GCSEs) or AQA Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs).

 Both courses include the teaching of:

 Biology: 7 units including

Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology

 Chemistry: 10 units including

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

 Physics: 7 units including

Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure.

 Assessment

There are six exam papers for both courses: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

 Students must also complete a series of required practicals over the course which will be examined on the written papers. 

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