Introduction

In Science we actively promote a practical approach to learning which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. There have been massive advancements in Science over the past 200 Years; these have changed our lives and are vital to the world’s future prosperity.

All students at KS3 are taught essential foundation concepts, methods, processes and uses of science. These KS3 concepts are further developed as students move into KS4 and 5. Through building up a body of key knowledge and concepts, students are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and critically analyse causes based on the evidence they are presented with.

Meet the team:

Mrs. G. Sutton – Head of Science / Head of Biology
Miss S. Hayton – Head of Chemistry
Mr. S.Chillingworth – Head of Physics
Ms C Heald – Teacher of Science / Biology
Mr J Hillary – Teacher of Science / Biology
Dr D Eardley – Teacher of Science / Chemistry
Miss C Jeffries – Teacher of Science / Chemistry
Mr J Turnbull – Teacher of Science / Physics (Acting Head of Year 9)
Mr C Drayton – Teacher of Science / Physics / Mathematics
Miss J Farmer – Teacher of Physics (PT)
Mrs D Dunn – Biology Technician (PT)
Mrs K Volp – Biology Technician (PT)
Ms K Hayton – Chemistry Technician (PT)
Mrs V Machowski – Chemistry Technician (PT)
TBA Physics Technician

Enrichment:

There is an extensive programme of trips which includes visits to University lectures, Chester Zoo, Scientific demonstrations and roadshows. We also organise for a range of Scientists and Engineers to visit in order to work with our students; this enables students to develop an understanding of the range of STEM careers available to them. Students regularly participate in a range of Regional and National competitions including: Presenting at the Big Bang, The Ultimate Car Challenge (Year 10), The Roller Coaster Challenge (Years 8 and 8), Chem Quiz (Years 7-10), The Science and Engineering Challenge (Years 8 and 9), Salters Festival (Years 7 and 8) and the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Olympiads (Years 12 and 13). For the past three years our students also delivered a range of Science activities to visitors at the Cheshire Show and students have entered the Schools competition at the RHS show at Tatton Park. There are Science club activities for Year 7 students and there is also a Gardening club where students learn how grow their own food.
We also run a range of opportunities for KS2 students to visit the school and work in the Science laboratories.

What will be taught?

Science is a knowledge and skills-based subject. The course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills developed at KS2 encouraging students to analyse trends and patterns in the scientific observations they make.

Year 7

The following topics are taught throughout Year 7:

Autumn Term:
• Forces
• Particles
• Acids and Alkalis
• Cells, Tissues and Organs
Spring Term:
• Nutrition and Digestion
• Electricity
• Simple Chemical Reactions
• Energy Resources
Summer Term
• Solutions
• Space
• Reproduction, Health and Drugs – a core National Curriculum topic. Parents cannot request for pupils to be removed.

Pupils are assessed at the end of the autumn term and spring term. They will also be assessed throughout the year on individual topics.

Year 8

The following topics are taught throughout Year 8:

Autumn Term:
• Sound
• Forces 2: Speed, distance-time and speed-time graphs, acceleration, terminal velocity, pressure, pneumatics and hydraulics
• Atoms and Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
Spring Term:
• Rocks and Weathering and the Rock Cycle
• Microbes and Diseases
• Light

Summer Term
• Photosynthesis
• Plants for food
• Food Production
• Magnetism and Electromagnetism
Pupils are assessed at the end of the autumn term and spring term. They will also be assessed throughout the year on individual topics.

Year 9

Science in Year 9 is taught as Separate Sciences by subject specialists (further information can be found on the individual subject sections). Between September and December we finish the KS3 Curriculum before starting the GCSE Science curriculum in January.

How will Students be assessed at KS3?

Pupils are assessed by marked homework, end of topic tests (these may be set as homework), termly common assessments, project tasks and end of year exams.

Organisation:

In Year 7 pupils are taught in their form groups. In Years 8 and 9 students are set based on the progress they made in the previous year. In years 10 and 11 students are taught in mixed ability groups depending on their GCSE option choices.
Years 7, 8 and 9 students have six periods Science a fortnight; Year 10 and 11 Double award students have nine periods of Science a fortnight and Triple award (option Science) have fifteen periods a fortnight. Year 12 and 13 students have 9 lessons a fortnight per A level subject.

How can you help at home?

Year 7 and 8 students have access to an interactive text book via the schools website. Staff may also place project work on the Vle (Moodle). We recommend that the best way to support your son / daughter is by helping them review scientific concepts on a regular basis to help develop their learning. This can be done by:

• Talking about what you son / daughter has studied in Science lessons this week. Try to challenge their thinking, ask them to explain things to you and challenge them to find out more. Ask they to teach you what they have learnt.
• Watch documentaries – show your son or daughter that you are interested in Science and that learning is not just confined to the classroom.
• Visit Natural history or Science museums, sites of ecological interest, hands on displays such as Catalyst in Warrington.
• Search the internet for Scientific advances this month and discuss these.

Years 9 – 13 students need to be developing their independent study skills. Students should be using the resources made available to them via the school website and their teachers to help them review work and develop their examination technique.

What should my child be reading and watching?

The online text book, scientific books on topics that interest them eg space, dangerous animals, human genetic diseases
There are a number of quality websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/wildlife
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/courtship-in-a-pair-of-tragopans/10518.html
http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/
http://www.sciencemag.org/site/multimedia/
http://www.planet-science.com/
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/student_resources.shtml