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Science

Our Department is a vibrant and active part of the school...there is always something exciting going on! 

Our Post 16 Science courses continue to go from strength to strength with high pass rates and more students than ever before going on to University.

You can also follow our Science Department on Twitter @ScienceDep_SHS for updates on homework, revision and much more!

KEY STAGE 3

Our Key Stage 3 Science course is totally unique...because we designed it ourselves! The aims of our course are:

  • To show students the relevance of Science in the modern world
  • To show students how Science is used in exciting modern contexts like space exploration
  • To ensure that students enjoy Science and achieve their potential

Year 7: Our Year 7 course has a 'Science Around You' theme, highlighting how Science impacts on every aspect our lives!

Term

Module name:

Topic Content

Autumn

 Science and You

Being a good Scientist

Being safe

Autumn

Adventure Island

Forces, Electricity

Magnetism

Autumn

Science at Home

Properties of materials

Chemical reactions

Spring

Microelectronics

Thinking logically

Electronic systems

Spring

The Human Body

Life Processes

Organ Systems

Spring

Energy for the Future

Forms of Energy

Energy Resources

Summer

Our Earth

Rocks

Separating Mixtures

Summer

The Beach

Habitats

Adaptation

 

Year 8: Our Year 8 course has a 'Science Careers' theme, motivating and enthusing students by teaching Science in a way that introduces them to the huge range of careers that Science can lead to.

Term

Module

Topic Content

Autumn

Space Science

The Planets, Gravity

Days and Seasons,

Light and Sound.

Autumn

Medical Science

Cells and Organs,

Reproduction, Inheritance,

Microorganisms and Disease.

Autumn

Laboratory Science

States of Matter,

Elements and Compounds,

Acids and Bases.

Spring

Sports Science

Forces and Motion,

Pressure,

Energy in Sport.

Spring

Materials Science

Reactivity of Metals, Rates of Reaction, Combustion and Oxidation, The Atmosphere

Summer

Environmental Science

Biological Classification,

Photosynthesis, Respiration,

Interdependence.

Summer

Revision

 

Our pupils complete their Key Stage 3 studies at the end of Year 8, with end of Key Stage assessments in June. All Students then follow a Careers module in Science lessons, giving the opportunity to consider the importance of Science in the modern world.

All pupils then start their Key Stage 4  studies in Year 9.

KEY STAGE 4

The Science Department currently offers the following examination courses at Key Stage 4:

  • GCSE Combined Science from Edexcel (Specification 1SC0)
  • GCSE Biology from Edexcel (Specification 1BI0)
  • GCSE Chemistry from Edexcel (Specification 1CH0)
  • GCSE Physics from Edexcel (Specification 1PH0)

The combination of courses that each pupil follows is determined by their pathway, but may change subject to examination results. All pupils are given the opportunity to study for three GCSEs ('Triple Science'), subject to satisfactory attainment.

KEY STAGE 5

In Year 12 and 13, we offer three distinct but complimentary Science courses.

A Level Biology B: Edexcel (Specification 9BI0)

The Biology course is a traditional Biology course with modules covering cellular biology, biochemistry, inheritance, and environmental biology amongst other key themes. The course is assessed through three written examinations.

A Level Chemistry: Edexcel (Specification 9CH0)

The Chemistry course covers all aspects of Chemistry applied in modern contexts. The course is assessed through three written examinations.

A Level Physics: Edexcel (Specification 9PH0)

The Physics course is a traditional A-Level course. Year 12 modules are titled 'Mechanics & Materials' and 'Electricity & Waves', along with a coursework module. Year 13 modules cover Astrophysics & Cosmology, along with further study of mechanics and electricity. The course is assessed through three written examinations.

Matt Booker
Science Head of Faculty