Science

To view our curriculum plans, please click the following:

Year 7      Year 8      Year 9      Year 10      Year 11      Year 12      Year 13

 

To view the Science Department Feedback Policy, please click here.

 

Intent

Children have a natural curiosity for nature and it is our job as members of Team Science to enhance and sustain this by showing that science provides an understanding of the exciting physical, chemical and biological worlds around them. As specialist Science teachers, our purpose is to motivate, inspire and empower our pupils so that they will become responsible and educated ‘St Hilda’s scientists’ who will hold the future of the Earth and its resources in their safe hands. We aim to show how scientific advancement has the power to save lives and benefit the global community but also that there is a responsibility to use science wisely and not destructively. As effective role models, Science teachers can also show that science qualifications can open the door to many rewarding careers in STEM and the wider world.

Progression in learning is most effectively accomplished if the teacher has the responsibility for organising and facilitating learning and is not just following a script! However, we do need a firm subject knowledge and pedagogical foundation from which we can plan and deliver lessons that are engaging and challenging to all pupils. When pupils were asked what makes science lessons ‘enjoyable’, the main responses turned out to be ‘good teachers’ and ‘practical work’ (Wellcome Trust). Based on the National Curriculum (2015), BEST subject maps and exam syllabi, we are developing our schemes of work to accomplish this for our pupils at St Hilda’s.

Welcome to the Science Department!

In Science, we aim to give students a wider appreciation for the relevance of science for others and ourselves in society. We teach students skills that are transferable, such as communication, analysis and evaluation.

The Science curriculum encompasses many issues of relevance to life in the 21st Century. e.g.:

  • Concepts of risk.
  • Specialist vs. “street” vocabulary and language when discussing scientific issues.
  • Moral and Ethical issues raised by scientific and medical advances.
  • Technological advances.
  • Environmental issues and respect for living things.
  • Health and Diet.

 

Teaching

Key Stage 3

Students are taught Science in Year 7 and 8 by one or more Science teachers.

In Year 7, students are taught in streamed groups. In Year 8, students are placed in sets. The students in both year groups are following the new National Curriculum for Science as a 2 year Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4

Students begin GCSE courses in Year 9. All of our students study at least two Science GCSE courses.  All options have aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and each strand is usually taught by a specialist in that area.

Subjects offered at KS4:

  • Combined Science: Trilogy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Further information regarding our curriculum is available from:

Mrs Sue Harrison  (Director of STEM, Assistant Head teacher, Head of Science)

Mrs K Finch  (Head of Physics)

Miss R Edwards  (Biology)

Dr E Meredith  (Chemistry)

Details of extracurricular activities

We run a Science club and an eco-club that all students are welcome to attend. Some of our students enjoyed growing rocket seeds and met Tim Peake. Many of our students have enjoyed visits to the Big Bang Fair, GCSE Science live and A-level Science live.

Year 9 at the Big Bang Fair

Year 7 practical work

Science club

A-level practical

 

Years 7-9

Textbooks/other useful resources:

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA KS3 Activate

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

https://www.samlearning.com/

 

GCSE Combined Science

Many of our students study Combined Science. The course is AQA Combined Science: Trilogy.  The course code is 8464.  There are aspects of each Science in each term.  Examinations are at the end of year 11 and take the form of two biology, two chemistry and two physics papers.  Each paper is 1 hour 15 minutes long.  The marks are added together to produce two grades for Combined Science.

Detailed specification is available at

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Textbooks used: 

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 digital textbook

Further reading/resources:        

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 resources

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

https://phet.colorado.edu/

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/

https://www.samlearning.com/

 

Separate Science

Two sets in each year group study Separate Science courses. The teaching staff make the decision about which course that students follow at the end of Year 9.  Students who study separate science must study all three Science subjects; there is not the option to study two of the three.    Examinations are at the end of year 11 and take the form of two biology, two chemistry and two physics papers.  Each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long.  The results are reported as separate grades for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

GCSE Biology 

Detailed specification is available at

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Textbooks used:

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 digital textbook

 

Further reading/resources:

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 resource

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

https://phet.colorado.edu/

https://www.samlearning.com/

 

GCSE Chemistry 

Detailed specification is available at

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Textbooks used:

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 digital textbook

 

Further reading/resources:        

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 resources

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

https://www.samlearning.com/

 

GCSE Physics

Detailed specification is available at

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Textbooks used:

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 digital textbook

Further reading/resources:        

www.kerboodle.com/   AQA GCSE Sciences 9-1 resources

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse

https://phet.colorado.edu/

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/

https://www.samlearning.com/

 

Where can BIOLOGY take you?

BIOLOGY

 

Where can CHEMISTRY take you?

CHEMISTRY

 

Where can PHYSICS take you?

PHYSICS