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Science

Through our science curriculum we aim to encourage students to be more curious about the world around them, ask questions of each other and themselves and to develop essential skills that vary from planning to problem solving and evaluating.   

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students follow the science national curriculum in years 7 and 8, using the Exploring Science scheme.  The course is arranged into topics which are biology, physics or chemistry based.  There is a heavy emphasis on practical work and discovery as well as developing investigative skills.  More information about the KS3 science curriculum can be found under:

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Current year 11 students are studying both core and additional science through the AQA examining body.  Students studied their core GCSE Science B in year 10.  GCSE Science B aims to give students an understanding of how science affects and applies to everyday life by putting science in context. The course is based on themes rather than the different scientific disciplines. It aims to give students an understanding of basic scientific concepts in a way that brings them to life and makes the knowledge relevant, rather than look at science for its own sake.

Additional science is being taught throughout year 11.  GCSE additional science offers students a broad course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds.  Students study the route two option and sit assessments which contain biology, chemistry and physics questions.

Students have completed controlled assessments for both core and additional science and will sit examinations for both of these GCSEs at the end of year 11.  More information about these courses can be found under:

Year 9 and year 10 students are studying the new combined science GCSEs.  The new science GCSEs are heavily practically orientated, with practical skills being examined through written papers at the end of the course, rather than through the coursework route.  At the end of year 11 students will be examined through the AQA examining body and will sit four examinations.

The combined Synergy course is divided into two main sections, which contain connections between areas of biology, physics and chemistry.  Students will study a number of different units that focus either on life and environmental sciences or physical sciences.  More information about this course can be found under:

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

At KS5 students can study A-level physics.  This is a two year course and consequently, we do not offer the one year AS course.  Over the two years students will study a range of units varying from forces and mechanics to cosmology and fundamental particles.  There is a range of compulsory practicals that students must complete and unlike previous years, there isn’t a practical examination.  Details about the course can be found under:

Beyond The Curriculum

The science department runs a wide range of extra-curricular activities including a science and gardening club.  The department has close ties with Christchurch University and Queen Mary’s University London. Consequently and number of trips to these universities have taken place and will continue to do so.