Science helps our understanding of the world around us
Science is a core subject in the curriculum and all pupils study all three scientific disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) from Year 7 to Year 11. All National Curriculum objectives are met by KS4, and pupils complete a balanced science course leading to GCSE Combined Science or separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses are offered at AS and A level.
Our pupils are growing up in a world in which an understanding of scientific issues is becoming increasingly important in everyday life. We aim to equip them with a factual framework, an appreciation of scientific method, and the ability to formulate questions and evaluate evidence which will enable them to deal thoughtfully and confidently with the world around them.
Development of scientific research and understanding depends on experimental results and observations and so practical work is a vital part of our teaching. Pupils learn to develop their own theories, plan and implement experiments to test them, analyse their results and evaluate their own work and that of others.
In Year 7 pupils are taught Science as one subject usually by one teacher. They will study topics including cells, particles, forces, reproduction, elements and compounds, sound, organ systems and light. They will be introduced to laboratory skiils and learn how to use microscopes, Bunsen burners and power packs.
From Year 8 onwards Science is taught as three separate sciences – Physics, Chemistry and Biology, usually with a different teacher for each one.
In Year 8 pupils will study plants, health and lifestyle and ecosystems in Biology. They will learn about reactions, acids and alkalis, the Periodic Table, separation techniques and the Earth in Chemistry. In Physics they will study space, electricity and magnetism and energy.
In Year 9 pupils complete the Key Stage 3 program of study in the Autumn term, studying adaptations and inheritance in Biology, metals and displacement reactions in Chemistry and pressure and motion in Physics.
In the Spring term they begin the GCSE courses, studying content common to both Combined Science and Separate Science until the start of Year 10.
Everything we know about the universe is the result of scientific research and experiment.