Main School

Science

Staff

  • Mrs A Baporia Head of Department
  • Mrs Y Akram Head of Key Stage 3 Science
  • Mr S Adebayo
  • Mr M Ashworth
  • Mr B Auddiffern
  • Miss J Frempong
  • Mrs T Gandesha
  • Miss A Greenslade
  • Mrs Kapil
  • Mrs C Maloney
  • Mr A Moloney
  • Mrs F Mspiha
  • Mr S Muhibul
  • Miss S Rahman
  • Miss R Raja
  • Ms. M Rajakumar
  • Mrs R Sharmeen
  • Mr J Soweby
  • Ms. P Najman
  • Dr. Darling-Reid

Curriculum Content 

Key Stage 3 (year 7 and 8)

The course is arranged in topics comprising of about 10 lessons. The curriculum is delivered through a range of different activities, ranging from teacher led lessons, discussion, group and paired work, practical work and experimentation. We intend to provide a rich and broad diet for the students so that they enjoy learning about Science. Trips to the Science Museum are also usually organised. Student progress is measured using a range of assessments; from how students work in class, the work produced at home, contributions to discussions and group/paired work as well as more formal tests. These are all used to assess progress. Science Clubs also take place after school. A variety of activities take place which feed the students’ passion and interest in Science, Maths and technology (STEM).

Key Stage 4 (year 9 to 11)

There are two Science courses running for this year group:

  • Combined Science: Trilogy (most students)
  • Separate Sciences (see options)

Combined Science: Trilogy
This qualification is equivalent to two GCSEs.  This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.  The course is 100% examined, so that means there will be no controlled assessments. The examination board for this course is AQA.

Separate Sciences (Triple Science)
This qualification leads to three separate GCSEs in Science.  This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.  The course is 100% examined, so that means there will be no controlled assessments. The examination board for this course is AQA.

From September 2015, all students starting the course in year 9 will be working towards the new GCSE AQA specifications with students either studying the Separate Sciences route (Three GCSEs) or the Combined Science Trilogy route (Two GCSEs).  Students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics to varying levels of difficulty depending on which route they follow. 15% of the examined content will be based on practical skills such as selection of appropriate equipment and techniques.  20% of the examined content will require mathematical skills such as measurement of angles, calculating averages and drawing graphs.