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Science

 

Departmental Staff

Science Subject Leader:-   Mr J Milne

Assistant Subject Leader: Dr B Hercus     

Science Teachers:-
Miss J Smith
Mr K Koupis
Mr D Haparari
Mrs F Hardy
Dr E Wheeler 

Science Technicians:-     Mrs J Barker
Mrs K Riordan                                               

What will a student learn in Key Stage 3? 

In Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum through the Activate programme of study (AQA).  This is a brand new and very engaging, contemporary and practical course that enables students to develop the scientific knowledge, skills, techniques and understanding to succeed as scientists. 

The content is studied in discrete topics from all three strands; biology, chemistry and physics with regular assessments embedded that are designed to inform both students and teachers of the progress being made and therefore the next steps needed for continued progression. 

The course is also well designed to enable students to build up the range of skills and knowledge needed for progression onto GCSE Science. 

What will a student learn in Key Stage 4? 

In this important two and a half year period students will study science through one of two pathways: 

  • AQA GCSE Combined Science – This will culminate in 2 GCSEs 
  • AQA GCSE Separate Sciences – This will culminate in 3 GCSEs on each in; Biology, Chemistry and Physics 

Students are expected to work hard and achieve a deep understanding and mastery of key scientific principles as well as a strong appreciation of how science works. These are linear courses and therefore all formal examinations will take place in the summer when the students are in year 11. There is no longer a controlled assessment aspect to the exams, instead all students complete Required Practicals throughout the course, and these are assessed within the exams.  

The subjects are taught by topic so that students have the opportunity to develop their understanding in all three science disciplines. 

In year 9 the students and parents will be guided to making the right selection when it comes to choosing their options.  All content will be covered within twelve hours of lessons per fortnight.

What will a student learn in Key Stage 5? 

For students who want to take their understanding even further studying science at GCE level provides fantastic opportunities.  Courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available through the Welwyn & Hatfield Consortium to push students’ skills and knowledge to higher levels. 

Why is this subject important today? 

We live in a scientific world, our culture is shaped by our understanding and science is the discipline that drives our understanding.  Regardless of whether or not you want to have a career in science understanding the principles of how science works will allow you to make informed decisions throughout your life. 

What skills will students learn / develop and how will they learn?

Students will learn how to observe and examine the world around us.  To develop questions and then set about finding the answers to the questions by conducting reliable and valid investigations.

They will learn how to represent data in tables and graphs as well as being critical of the nature of data and how it is collected: checking for bias, accuracy and reliability.

Where could the subject lead – career wise?

A great variety of careers including:

Astronomy :                       Dedicated to the science of celestial objects
Biochemistry :                   Dedicated to the study of chemical processes in living organisms
Clinical Research :            Clinical trials and research of new medical treatments
Developmental Biology :  The study of growth and development of the human body
Engineering :                     Field of technology and invention
Genetics :                           Science of heredity and variations in human body
Immunology :                    Biomedical science associated with the immune system
Neuroscience :                   Science of the nervous system
Pharmacology :                 Dedicated to the study of drugs on the human body
Veterinary Medicine :       Study of medicines required for treating animal diseases
Zoology :                            Dedicated to the study of animals

Homework

Homework is a critical part of our students’ progression; reinforcing learning in lessons, preparing students for learning, exam practice, developing independent study skills and inspiring a love of science outside the classroom.

In Key Stage 3 the students will receive 1 piece per week and in Key Stage 4 at least two hours of homework will be set each week. In KS5 there is a clear expectation of a minimum of 6 hours of private study in addition to a 3-hour piece of homework.