What is Science?

Science is the systematic and organised study into the world around us which allows us to gain a deeper and often more useful understanding.

Here in the science department we endeavour to highlight the importance of developing pupils as individuals, contributors to society and as contributors to the economy and environment by fulfilling the following aims.

The aims of the science department are;

  • To stimulate and interest and enjoyment of science.
  • To provide science knowledge and skills.
  • To develop practical skills, including the use of ICT and the evaluation of experimental results.
  • To encourage an appreciation of the part played by science in the social, economic, and environmental and technological fields.

We also use every opportunity to enhance the learning experiences for the pupils by going on trips or having visitors to the school.  For example in Year 10 we go to the Planetarium, Years 11 & 12 take part in a forensic science workshop with St. Colman’s High School early in the second term, and a regular feature for the science department is the visit from the Exploris Aquarium after Easter.

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Key Stage 3 Science

In Year 8, a new scheme of work has been devised to meet the demands of the Revised Curriculum which addresses key components such as Personal Health and Citizenship. It also covers a wide range of thinking skills and personal capabilities which include managing information, decision making, problem solving, being creative, self management and working with others.

Pupils are also encouraged to develop their skills in organising, discussions, researching science from textbooks and the Internet, carrying out investigations and compiling reports.

These areas of the revised curriculum are and will be covered under topics such as the classification, cell structures, plants, body systems, materials, chemical reactions and forces and energy.

All pupils sit a KS3 assessment in Science at the end of year 10.

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GCSE Science

Science is regarded as a core component of our school curriculum. Pupils entering Year 11 choose a Science course from the two available at present.

The two courses are:

  • Double Award Science
  • Single Award Science
Double Award Science

At present pupils have twelve periods per week. Altogether, six modules have to be studied. The requirements of the examination are:

  1. three end of module tests taken -
    • November Year 11 }
    • March Year 11 } 25%
    • June Year 11 }
  2. three terminal examinations in - June Year 12 50%
  3. coursework - 25%

The end of module tests may be taken at Foundation Tier or Higher Tier. These modules are ‘Living things and the processes of life’, ‘Using materials and understanding reactions’, Forces and Energy’.

The terminal examinations include questions on the above named modules as well as questions on the following modules - ‘Patterns, Problems and Processes’ - Environment and Genetics; Light, Sound, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism; Earth in Space. These papers are offered at:

  • Foundation Tier
  • Higher Tier

The coursework consists of a number of investigations set throughout the two years of the course. These are carried out by the pupils in groups or individually and are assessed on: planning, obtaining evidence and interpreting and evaluation. The best assessment in each of the above categories is forwarded to the Examination Board.

Completion of the above leads to the award of a double grade ie AA, BB, CC, DD etc

Single Award

At present pupils have six periods of science per week. In all six modules have to be studied. The requirements of the examination are:

  1. Six end of module tests: 72%
  2. Coursework - 28%

There is no terminal paper

The modules are - Staying Alive; Human Activity and Health; Chemical Patterns and Our Environment; Materials and their Management; Electricity, Waves and Communication; Food Safety; Radioactivity and Earth in Space. The end of module tests may be taken at Foundation Tier (Grades C-G) or Higher Tier (Grades A*-D)

The scheme of coursework assessment is based on the practical work carried out in Years 11 and 12.

Candidates will be assessed on:-

  1. Obtaining evidence
  2. Interpretation and evaluation of evidence
Use of Science for Careers

Auto electrician, Beautician, Dental Surgery Assistant, Dietician, Electrician, Engineer, Environmental Health Officer, Farmer, Fire-fighter, Fish Farmer, Forester, Funeral Director, Gardener, Glassmaker, HM Forces, Laboratory Technician, Merchant Navy, Nurse, Surveyor, Teacher, Veterinary Nurse, Zoo Keeper.

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