Science

Head of subject:                                      Mr D Craven
dcraven@huntcliffschool.co.uk

Rationale

Science is the field of study that tries to describe and understand the nature of the universe. It is an integral part of modern culture, stretching the imagination of young people and helping to make complex things simple. At Huntcliff School we aim to help our students to view the world with an analytical and inquisitive approach. To ask probing questions about how and why things work, and to be able to critically evaluate the importance of new discoveries and inventions.

Syllabus

KS3

We aim to not only deliver the fundamental concepts, but also focus heavily on equipping students with the investigative skills necessary to become true scientists.

In both Year 7 and 8, the science curriculum is split equally into four  disciplines: Biology; Chemistry; Physics; and Working Scientifically (skills).

The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils will study topics such as Cells and Reproduction, Reactions of Chemicals, Energy, Digestion, Microbes and Space.

Assessment will be embedded into lessons and pupils will also sit end of topic tests and terminal examinations preparation for further study into science. The new KS3 science framework is a 5 year teaching plan from Year 7 through to Year 11.

Useful Websites:

BBC bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

National Curriculum for KS3:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-science-programmes-of-study

Doc Brown: http://www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

KS4

We follow Edexcel separate and combined GCSE (2016) specification. Pupils will be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works through the study of organisms and health, chemical and material behaviour, energy, electricity and radiations, the environment, earth and universe.

The school offers Combined Science (two GCSEs) and separate Sciences: Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course is 100% Final examination. This will be 6 exams in total, 2 of each discipline, all exams will include questions on required practicals conducted in class.

Students in Year 9 will be focusing on bridging the learning between KS3 and KS4, by revisiting the fundamental concepts in greater detail, with a much heavier focus on application and context based learning.

Useful Websites:

Revision:

BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

Doc Brown: http://www.docbrown.info/

Year KS4 (2016 Specification):

Combined Science: 
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

Biology: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#tab-1

Chemistry: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#tab-2

Physics: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#tab-3

Homelearning

Homework is set by the teacher on a weekly basis, a variety of tasks will be set including:

  • Exam questions
  • Research
  • Revision

Staff

The Department comprises of five specialist teachers covering the science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, two part time technicians.

Teaching Area

There are six fully equipped laboratories, a nature pond and a garden.

Resources

All the laboratories are equipped with equipment and text books for the study of science and specialist equipment is ordered when required. The department has access to ICT suites when required.

Extra-Curricular

The Science department will be offering a number of trips to students ranging from Chester Zoo (inheritance and selection), Big Bang Fair, Science Lablive to Alton Towers (study of the Physics of roller coasters).

Successes

At Huntcliff School we are proud of how well students do in science, we offer academic, personalised teaching and learning for students of all abilities. The aim is to develop students interests and expertise in order to become the scientists and engineers of the future.

Possible careers

Medicine, nursing, engineering, physiotherapy, teaching, geologist, forensics and many more.

 

(Jan 2019)