Science

"I believe there are no questions that science can't answer" - Stephen Hawking

Science is a dynamic and vibrant area of study. It covers a huge range of human knowledge, but, at its core, science is an investigative subject. Students thrive on discovering something new and answering big questions. This is why Biology, Chemistry and Physics are such popular subjects.

Science lessons are usually planned around a practical task, and the faculty has excellent new laboratories and equipment to help facilitate the students’ learning. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, such as, Science Club and there are a number of events during the year to support the budding young scientists.

In Years 7, 8 and 9, students have 6 science lessons over 2 weeks. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 follow a programme of study written by members of the Faculty. The programme is based on the Activate Science Key Stage 3 course
In Years 7 and 8, students are formally assessed once a half term. Assessments are either practical based assignments or formal End of Topic Tests. In Year 7, students are taught Science in mixed ability classes. Towards the end of Year 7 the students are assessed and then assigned their Year 8 and 9 classes based on ability. Students begin their GCSE course in the summer term of Year 9.

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 7

Working Scientifically
Particles and their behaviour
Reproduction in Animals
Acids and Alkalis

Space
Cells
Structure & function of body systems
Elements atoms & compounds

Reproduction in Flowers Reactions
Forces
Light
The earth

Year 8

Sound and Hearing
The periodic table
Health and lifestyle
Separation Techniques

Electricity and magnetism
Metals and acids
Energy

Ecosystems processes
Adaptation and Inheritance
Motion and pressure

Year 9

Skills based GCSE transition course based on heat transfer

GCSE preparation modules  on photosynthesis, energy and chemical reactions

Start GCSE modules
B1.1 Nutrition
C1.1 Atomic Structure

Outside the classroom

Science week coincides with National Science and Engineering week. The event involves all students and staff in the school. Everyday there is a daily quiz and Science humour. There are a variety of activities; Outside STEM speakers, visits outside school, experiments, internet chats with Scientists. These take place in science lessons and at lunchtime.

Science leaders. Students from year 8 to 13 help the science department especially with the weekly Science club, Science week and school events such as prospective parents evenings.

Trips: Regular trips include - Visit the London wetlands; Imperial College; Middlesex University; Kings College; Science museum; Natural History Museum and London Zoo.

Progression pathways and careers

Science can open up a range of career opportunities

Students who achieve B grades in Double or Triple Science GCSE's, can choose to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics A levels.

Useful links

http://www.kerboodle.com/users/login - students will need a log in for this
https://www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience

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