Science Teaching Staff
- Mr N McGill – Curriculum Leader, Science
- Mr F Powell, Second in Department
- Mr D Allard
- Mrs H Yarrow
- Mr L Prout
- Miss T Young
- Mrs L Goddard
Why Science is Important
If you think science doesn’t matter much to you, think again. Science affects us all, every day of the year, from the moment we wake up, all day long, and through the night. Your digital alarm clock, the weather report, the Tarmac you drive on, the bus you ride in, your decision to eat a baked potato instead of chips, your mobile phone, the antibiotics that treat your sore throat, the clean water that comes from your tap, most of the clothes you wear and the light that you turn off at the end of the day have all been brought to you courtesy of science. The modern world would not be modern at all without the understandings and technology enabled by science.
There are hundreds of career options, directly in science-based employment, and many thousands of other jobs that rely upon good scientific knowledge and understanding. Alongside English and Maths, Science is widely accepted as a standard core requirement for many further education courses, and many employers.
Pedagogical Approach to Science
In science pupils work both as part of a team and independently, to complete many practical tasks and written tasks. Pupils are guided to be able to voice their own opinions and observations, as well as listen (and refer to) to the opinions and observations of others. Pupils develop their ability to apply scientific method to their work, and also the work of their peers. As such pupils predict, test, record, conclude and evaluate their scientific investigations.
Pupils learn about: cells, tissues, organs and systems; reproduction; ecology; classification; pH scale; types of reaction; particle theory; geology; energy resources; electricity; forces; solar system.
Pupils learn about: digestion; respiration; pathogens; ecology; solubility; element, compounds and mixtures; geology; energy transfers; forces and effects; light; sound.
Pupils learn about: genetics; diet and substance misuse; plants and modern agriculture; scientific sampling; materials (properties and uses of); pollution; reactivity series of metals; polymers and composites; generating electricity; satellites (and uses of); speed and acceleration; pressure.
Key Stage 4
Pupils learn about: diet, exercise, hormones, genes, drugs; surviving and changing in the environment; atoms, rocks, metals and fuels; polymers, plant oils, the Earth and its atmosphere; energy and efficiency; electrical energy and waves.
Pupils learn about: cells and the growing plant; genes and proteins, inheritance, gene technology, speciation; structures, properties, uses; rates, energy, salts, electrolysis; forces and motion; electricity and radiation.
In year 10 most pupils will complete the GCSE Science A learning content. This will culminate in three 1 hour written exams that are completed at the end of year 11.
In year 11 most pupils will complete the GCSE Additional Science learning content. This will culminate in three 1 hour written exams that are completed at the end of year 11.