Dr S Penman Subject Leader for Science and Chemistry
Miss S McFetridge Subject Leader for Biology
Mr T Roberts Subject Leader for Physics
Mrs M Aurangzeb Teacher of Science (Part Time)
Mrs A Bradley Teacher of Science (Part Time)
Mr A Johnson Teacher of Science
Mrs A Melchers Teacher of Science
Mr M Tillotson Science Technician
Mrs X Zhao Science Technician
Introduction to Key Stage 3 Science
Our Science department comprises eleven teachers, a department teaching assistant, two technicians and eight laboratories.
All students in Years 7 and 8 study Science for three lessons each week. In Year 9, students study each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics for one lesson per week, taught by specialist teachers.
Our Key Stage 3 course has been fully revised to meet the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum, and there are frequent opportunities for students to develop their investigative skills.
Students’ independent study is supported by online access to the Oxford Activate course text book and assessment tasks.
Topics students will study
These are the topics you will study during 2014-2015. Note that some of these topics will change for future years.
Year 7: Introduction to working scientifically, Cells, Particles and their behaviour, Sound, Acids and alkalis, Reproduction, Light, Elements, atoms and compounds, Forces, Particles and their behaviour.
Year 8: Structure and function of body systems, Reactions, Sound and light, Health and lifestyle (1), Elements, atoms and compounds, Electricity and magnetism, Ecosystem processes, The Earth.
Year 9: Biology - Adaptation and inheritance, Health and lifestyle (2); Chemistry - The Periodic table, Metals and Acids; Physics – Energy, Motion and pressure.
In Year 9 students study each Science subject separately with GCSE work beginning in the summer term.
How students will be assessed
Students’ progress is assessed regularly throughout the course through a balanced programme of written tasks designed to assess a variety of skills; online checkpoint tests to check progress in individual units of work; and a formal written exam. The checkpoint tests are designed to provide both students and teachers with a clear idea of what they are doing well and how they can make further progress.
Teachers will also give feedback to students to help them progress with their classwork and homework. We expect students to reflect on and respond to this feedback, re-drafting and correcting where appropriate.
Extra-curricular activities and educational visits
The department runs a lunch time Science Club for students in Year 7. Students in Year 9 can also work towards their Bronze CREST award as an extra-curricular activity.
Recent activities have included our Year 7 trip to Chester Zoo, egg-citing experiments during Science week, a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester for class prize winners, and a visit to a mobile planetarium.