Years 7 - 9
Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be completing a new AQA scheme of work which will cover the Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics necessary to prepare pupils for success at GCSE.
Students begin Year 7 with an introduction to the secondary school laboratory. This unit covers the health and safety requirements of working in a school laboratory. Pupils are then gradually introduced to a range of laboratory equipment and are taught how to use them correctly.
The topics covered in Year 7 are listed below. These topics are delivered in rotation, so that not all of the Year 7 teaching groups are working on the same topic at any one time.
Year 7 topics
Forces – Speed and Gravity
Electromagnets – Voltage and resistance and Current
Energy – Fuels and Energy transfer
Waves – Sound and Light
Matter – Particle model and Separating mixtures
Reactions – Metals and non-metals and Acids and alkalis
Organisms – Movement and Cells
Ecosystems – Interdependence and Plant reproduction
Genes – Variation and Human reproduction
In Year 8, pupils are arranged in sets for their Science lessons. Pupils study a number of topics which build on the learning from Year 7.
The topics covered in Year 8 are listed below. Again, these topics are delivered in rotation, so that not all of the Year 8 teaching groups are working on the same topic at any one time.
Year 8 topics
Electromagnets – Magnetism and Electromagnetism
Energy – Energy costs and power
Matter – Periodic table and Elements
Reactions – Chemical energy and Types of reaction
Earth – Earth’s structure and The Universe
Organisms – Breathing and Digestion
Ecosystem – Respiration and Photosynthesis
In Year 9, pupils remain in sets for their Science lessons – the sets are revised at the beginning of Year 9.
The topics covered in Year 9 are listed below. Again, these extended topics are delivered in rotation, so that not all of the Year 9 teaching groups are working on the same topic at any one time.
Year 9 topics
Forces – Contact Forces and Pressure
Waves – Wave effects and Wave properties
Energy – Calculating energy transfers and Specific heat capacity
Earth – Climate and Earth’s resources
Atomic structure – Sub-atomic particles and Trends in the periodic table
Genes – Evolution and Inheritance
Health Matters – Diseases and Fighting infection
In years 10-11 students are prepared for:-
- Traditional 3 Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (AQA specification), or
- Double Award GCSEs, Combined Science: Trilogy worth 2 GCSE’s (AQA specification)
In the main, students are taught by specialist teachers for each of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics elements of the courses. Strong emphasis is placed on developing thinking skills and independent study.
Practise exam papers and other useful resources can be found at the following web addresses:
Triple Science Biology: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/assessment-resources
Triple Science Chemistry: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462/assessment-resources
Triple Science Physics: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463/assessment-resources
Key Stage 5 (Year 12 – 13)
Advanced levels are taught by specialist teachers. The following A’ levels are offered:-
- Biology AQA
- Chemistry AQA
- Physics AQA
Students are timetabled for 10 lessons a fortnight for each Science A Level course. AS examinations are completed at the end of Year 12 (for pupils who choose not to continue to year 13) and A Level examinations at the end of Year 13.
Resources for each subject can be found on the following web pages:
Triple Science GCSEs and A Level Sciences continue to be a popular choice for our pupils. In June 2017, 70% of Additional Science GCSE grades were at A*-C. The figures for pupils taking Triple Science GCSES were even higher, with 94%, 96% and 100% of pupils achieving A*-C in Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs respectively. At the higher end of the achievement scale our pupils also performed extremely well, with 38%, 48% and 45% of pupils achieving A*-A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs respectively.
In the last 3 years we have seen significant numbers of students accepted into Medical School, Engineering Degree courses and other Science-related degree courses. Students regularly go onto study science subjects at the Russell Group Universities. In the last three years students have accepted places at Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Bath and Nottingham Universities to name but a few.
All staff are highly qualified and experienced with a sound knowledge of their subject area.
Mrs. H. Hodgeman PGCE MSc (Hons) Curriculum Leader of Learning and Head of Physics
Mrs. E. White PGCSE BSc (Hons) 2nd in Department and Head of Biology
Mrs. V. Baxter PGCE BSc (Hons) KS3 and STEM Coordinator and Teacher of Chemistry Mr. E. Willis PGCE BSc (Hons) Head of Chemistry
Mrs. D. Richards GTP BSc (Hons) Teacher of Biology
Miss. C. Renowden PGCE BSc (Hons) Teacher of Biology
Mrs H. Woods PGCE BSc (Hons) Teacher of Chemistry
Mr. R. Sawle PGCE BSc (Hons) Teacher of Physics
Mrs V McHugh (Senior Technician)
Miss T Brigham BSc (Hons)