Welcome to Science
We aim to ensure that students will be scientifically literate individuals who are able to make sense of the world around them, make informed decisions and be socially responsible. We also aim to equip our students with the functional skills that will enable them to be independent and responsible members of society.
In order to promote high standards of scientific understanding and to develop students’ love of investigation, we teach a broad range of topics in depth, which meet the demands of the new National Curriculum. Links between what is studied at Key Stages 3 and 4 are explicitly made so that students build on what they already know when acquiring new knowledge. Alongside the content of the curriculum we also teach students the skills they need in order to carry out investigations and learn independently.
Key Stage 3
In addition to biology, physics and chemistry, students are taught to carry out investigations and apply all aspects of working scientifically. In year 7 students cover a variety of topics including health and safety in science, acids and alkalis, forces, cells and reproduction. The topics covered in year 8 include space, digestion, and chemical reactions.
A variety of teaching methods are used in order to challenge and engage all students. Practical is an integral part of the science curriculum and students are taught valuable skills that will be beneficial as they continue their science education. This includes planning and carrying out their own investigations as well as analysing and interpreting their results. Literacy and numeracy skills are an essential part of science learning and as such they are developed alongside the subject content.
Key Stage 4
Students continue to develop the understanding and skills they acquired in Key Stage 3 as many topics are revisited in greater detail. Students follow the AQA trilogy combined science in KS4 which covers biology, physics and chemistry. Students also continue to apply their investigative skills which are of particular importance for the required practical activities. There is also the option of an extra GCSE in science which is excellent preparation for this students wishing to consider a science career and move onto doing science at A level.
Members of the science department contribute to the colleges’s diverse programme of extra-curricular activities by providing opportunities such as combined and triple award science revision workshops, forensics and science club. Throughout the year there are also numerous opportunities for trips to Cambridge University, Sea life centre and Warwick University. Our year 9s take part in the Dynamic DNA day at Leicester University. The BAE have delivered inspiring workshops to year 7 and 8 and STEM ambassadors have given talks to our year 8 students to support them in considering science as a future career.
Please contact main reception on 0116 282 4326 or via firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information about the curriculum.
KS3 homework and revision
We have brought in an innovative computer programme to help students to complete their Science homework and support their revision. Educake is an online quiz that helps your students to recall content and gives them all the valuable information that they need to succeed in Science. Through an independent study, it is proven that regular use of Educake provides all the building blocks in learning for students to succeed in Key Stage 3 Science.
Your son/daughter will know how to access the program. All they need to do is visit www.educake.com and type in their username and password. There are also computers available at break and lunchtime every day in college if your son/daughter doesn't have access to a device, tablet, laptop or computer at home. Please ensure that your son/daughter completes their homework on Educake weekly; we will be offering rewards to incentivise its regular use.
KS4 homework and revision
We have brought in an innovative computer programme to help students to complete their Science homework and support their revision. Tassomai is an online multiple choice quiz that helps your son/daughter recall content and gives them all the valuable information that they need to succeed for GCSE Science. Through an independent study, and the success we have had will our current year 11, it is proven that regular use of Tassomai can improve your son/daughters science grade.
Your son/daughter will know how to access the program. All they need to do is visit www.tassomai.com and type in their username and password. There are also computers available at break and lunchtime every day in college if your son/daughter doesn't have access to a device, tablet, laptop or computer at home. Please ensure that your son/daughter completes their homework on Tassomai weekly; we will be offering rewards to incentivise its regular use.
|Miss S Thompson||Curriculum Leader Science|
|Mr V Majithia||Teaching and Learning Leader Science|
|Miss M Hough||Leader of Achievement Science|
|Mr D Bennett||Teacher of Science|
|Miss G Kesgin||Teacher of Science|
|Mrs R Lee||Teacher of Science|
|Mr K Neat||Teacher of Science|
|Miss M Oka||Teacher of Science|
|Mr A Rai||Assistant Principal / Teacher of Science Teacher|
|Mrs S Scriven||Teacher of Science|
|Miss T Marlow||Technician Science|
|Mr R Napier||Technician Science|
|Mrs E Day||Teaching Assistant Science|