Science

 

The Science Department

 

Head of Department = Mr K Fox

 

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Context

 

The science department consists of nine specialist teachers and one full time science technician. The department has six laboratories and two classrooms. The department has a united focus on students achieving their personal best and developing a love for learning.

 

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Curriculum

 

Students in all year groups are working towards GCSE exams with the AQA exam board. These students will be assessed on the number grade 1-9 system. A spiral curriculum is in place, where students study the same units each year (refer to the curriculum guides for additional information) but in increasing levels of detail. There is still a strong focus on practical skills and students will be assessed on their knowledge of practical skills through their GCSE exam papers.

The highest achieving students in year 8 are selected for Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs). This starts at the beginning of year 9 and parents will be informed of this decision via letter. All other students will work towards a combined award worth 2 GCSE’s.

 

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Assessment

 

Students will complete a 1-hour exam paper at the end of each half term to assess their progress against all assessment objectives (demonstrate knowledge and understanding, apply knowledge and understanding, analyse information and ideas).

 

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Home Learning

 

The expectation for home learning is that students will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week.

 

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Afterschool Sessions

 

A science club runs every Wednesday after school for students in years 7 and 8. A variety of activities are completed within the sessions.

Revision sessions for year 11 students run every Monday after school.

 

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Enrichment Opportunities

 

Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place. Competitions and special sessions will also take place throughout the course of the academic year linked to key events, such as British Science Week.

 

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