Science

Aim – to provide pupils with a variety of creative and exciting experiences that challenge and engage them, allowing the development of scientific skills and knowledge through enjoyment and fun.
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Five ways to help your daughter

1. Use BBC Bitesize activities (KS3 and KS4) and tests to reinforce topics covered in lessons.
2. Discuss Science in the news with your daughter. ( This can be about any topic: Space, medicine, our health, food) BBC Newsround website is great for this.
3. Use the Science Museums website (Online science) for great games and current information.
4. Have a go at some simple experiments at home. http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/ has some great ideas.
5. Visit local attractions. The North West has some great science museums: Catalyst in Widnes, Techniquest at Wrexham University, Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) and Manchester Museum at the university, Jodrell bank, Chester Zoo andTrentham Monkey forest. You can even discuss physics and forces at Alton Towers!

In Year 7 and 8 students are set within a cluster of subjects: Science, Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages. In years 7, 8 and 9, students receive 6 x 1 hour science lessons per fortnight.

The department works hard to develop and review schemes of learning that meet the requirements of the new KS3 National Framework for 2014 as well as the departmental ethos.

Lessons focus on providing pupils with fun and interesting activities to help them understand the importance of science in our everyday lives.

In Year 7 we learn about Earth and space, consider what we are made of, and “Get Reactive” when we investigate about chemicals!

Year 8 gives us the opprtunity to think about being healthy and explore the physical world (light, sound and magnetism). We have fun learning about the active Earth and this provides exciting opportunities for creating models that can be displayed in our annual Science and Technology fair.

We complete KS3 Science in the Spring term of Year 9. Students will have the opportunities to apply their maths skills to calculating forces. We also try to solve the world’s environmental problems topics considering future energy resources and the effect of pollution on the environment.

Pupils’ work is continually assessed using topic tests. Pupils regularly receive feedback that will help them to develop the skills needed to succeed in science. There is an annual exam for each year group.

Revision Topics for Year 7 and Year 8 exams

Year 7

Variation

interdependence

cells

movement

particle model

Earth

sounds

gravity

Speed

 

Year 8

cells

plant reproduction

human reproduction

breathing

speed

contact forces

light

universe

chemical energy

acids and alkalis

periodic table

metals (from year 7 topics)

movement (from year 7 topics)

KS3 Science homework help

In the Springof year 9 all students begin to study GCSE Science (AQA Specification) sitting their external exams in the summer of Year 11.

At the end of year 9 students can choose one of the following routes
1. To study GCSE Combined Science: (a double GCSE) (10 hours per fortnight teaching time)
2. To study the three separate sciences: GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics (15 hours per fortnight teaching time)

We offer Biology, Physics and Chemistry A levels. We are planning to offer a BTEC course in Applied Science from September 2019.  We also offer an extensive programme of extra-curricular activities including industry visits, external speakers and the opportunity for students to mentor younger students in science.

Subject Course Further Information
A level Chemistry OCR(A) Mrs A Greenland
Mr C Broom
A level Biology OCR(A) Mrs T Sellers
Mrs C Thornhill
A level Physics OCR(A) Mrs H Morgan-Evans
Day Time Activity Teacher Room
Monday 15:15 – 17:00 STEM club Mr Massey,  Mrs Painter, Mr Sellers, Mrs Fowler, Mrs Morgan-Evans G5
Thursday 12:15 – 12:45 Physics drop in Mrs Morgan-Evans F12
12:15 – 12:45

12:15 – 12:45

Year 7/8 science club

Biology Drop In

Mr Shufflebotham

Mrs Thornhill

F15

G1

Monday & Friday
12:30 – 1:00 Poultry Club Mr Waring G5
Wednesday

Tuesday

 12:15 -12:45 Sixth Form Science Society Mrs Sellers G7
12:15 – 12:45 Chemistry Clinic Mr Broom, Mr Hilton and Mrs Greenland F15
Friday 12:15 – 12:45 GCSE drop in Mr Broom & Mr Hilton G5