Science

Welcome to the Science Department

Mission Statement

Welcome to the Science Department.  We are a lively and dedicated
department who aim to develop students' curiosity and provide a stimulating, relevant and accessible curriculum for all students.

We aim to create a challenging environment which raises standards of achievement and the quality of teaching and learning in Science for all students, leading to whole school improvement in performance.

The department will encourage young people to pursue Science beyond 16, providing them with appropriate learning pathways so that they develop the skills needed to be active citizens within an increasingly scientific world and to progress into employment, further training and higher education according to their individual abilities, aptitudes and ambitions.

Welcome to Science

Enrichment and Engagement

The science department runs a number of enrichment and engagement activities for all year groups.  These include working with specialists within the school, visiting local and national companies as well as Christchurch University and the University of Kent.

We would like to particularly congratulate the year 8 winners of the Faraday Award Challenge and the students of year 7 , 8 and St Nicholas school who have now achieved their Discovery or Bronze CREST award. 

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Staff Members:

Acting Director of Science:

Ms E Britcher

Teaching Staff: 

Mr L Fearn, Mr N Godden, Mrs S Le Good, Mr S Shaxted, Mr D Walters, Ms V Wright.

Courses:

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 students follow the 2013 National Curriculum and will complete practical and theoretical study on the following units of work:- Cell structure, food groups, human reproduction, ecosystems, forces, Speed, light, electricity, properties of solids liquids and gases, separating techniques, the periodic table and states of matter. In line with the new national curriculum students will have a specific unit of work that focuses on working scientifically, which is aimed at developing investigation skills including predicting, analysing, recording results, and concluding used in all areas of science. This unit will be completed in early September and is then further integrated into each unit taught.

At the end of each unit students will complete a 30 minute assessment and receive feedback on progress and future targets.

National Curriculum website: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

Year 8 students follow the 2013 National Curriculum and will complete practical and theoretical  study on the following units of work:-acids & alkalis, electricity, energy, food sources, gas exchange, muscular skeletal system, plant reproduction, reactivity and extraction of metals, rock cycle, sound and hearing, space and the earth.

In line with the new national curriculum students will focus on aspects of working scientifically, which is aimed at developing investigation skills including predicting, analysing, recording results, and concluding used in all areas of science. Students completed a specific unit of work to introduce these concepts in year 7, these are also embedded in every unit of work to develop and enhance student understanding of these key ideas.

At the end of each unit students will complete a 30 minute assessment and receive feedback on progress and future targets.

National Curriculum website: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

Year 9 students will begin studying a bespoke Pre GCSE course.  This course is designed to consolidate understanding of key stage three concepts, and move student learning forward to enable progression to GCSE courses.  Students will be developing key themes and ideas in biology physics and chemistry.

Each unit will have a recognised focus on investigation and working scientifically with the aim of preparing students to complete the controlled assessment component of the GCSE course at the end of the year.

At the end of each unit students will complete a 30 minute assessment and receive feedback on progress and future targets.

Key Stage 4:

BTEC First Award in Principles of Applied Science:  http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts2012/applied-science/Pages/default.aspx

GCSE:

Key Stage 5:

 

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