Science

Staffing

Mrs C Raper – SL Science, Head of Physics
Mr B Austin – Assistant SL Science, Head Biology, i/c KS4 Science
Mrs S M Williams – Head of Chemistry, Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Mrs F Alkazemi – Physics teacher
Mrs H Busby – Chemistry teacher
Mrs N Day – Biology teacher
Mrs A Gumbeer – Biology teacher
Miss F Joyce – Chemistry teacher
Mrs J Humphreys – Senior technician/Physics
Mr S Mensah – Chemistry teacher
Mrs J Williams – Biology technician
Mrs S Williams – Chemistry technician

Brief overview of KS3 curriculum & weblinks

Students follow a 2.3 year Key stage 3 curriculum. During each unit students will complete activities to develop scientific skills and at the end of the unit they complete tests based upon past SATs questions.  All students have access to the online textbook and learning platform www.kerboodle.com

KS3

Year 7

In Year 7 students are placed into five sets based upon their ability in Maths with classes ranging from 16 – 28 students.  Students will complete a test based on KS2 work at the start of Year 7.  Students have 7 x 50 minute lessons per fortnight. In Year 7 students cover Introduction to Science, Particles and Solutions, Chemical Reactions, Energy and Forces, Electricity and Magnetism, Interdependence and Digestion, Living Processes.  Year 7 students visit Colchester Zoo to complement their studies on ‘Variation and classification’.

Year 8

In Year 8 students are placed into five sets based upon their ability in Maths and Science with classes ranging from 16 – 28 students. Students have 8 x 50 minute lessons per fortnight. In Yr 8 students cover Elements and Compounds, Rocks and Weathering, Light and Sound, Earth in Space, Healthy Living, and Variation.

Year 9

In Year 9 students are placed into five sets based upon their ability in Science with classes ranging from 16 – 28 students. Students have 7 x 50 minute lessons per fortnight; 2 x biology, 3 x chemistry, 2 x physics. Students will complete the KS3 curriculum just after October half term, they will then complete a unit on ‘Working Scientifically’. Prior to Christmas students will be assessed on KS3 work; this information will be used for setting purposes for GCSE groups.  In January students begin studying the GCSE course.

A lower school Science Club is run by staff and sixth form students to allow students to participate in activities which would not normally be covered in lessons.  Further information can be found on the ‘News’ section of the website and the school’s Facebook page.

Brief overview of KS4 curriculum & weblinks

www.aqa.org.uk

In KS4 we offer GCSE Combined Science and Triple Science.  Each year group is divided into five teaching groups with classes ranging from 16 – 28 students. Each group is taught (predominantly) by three specialist teachers of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and all the groups are set according to ability.​  All students have access to the online textbook and learning platform www.kerboodle.com.  For Year 11 students in September 2016 students who follow Dual Science studied AQA GCSE Science (A) in Year 10 and in Year 11 study AQA GCSE Additional Science (twelve periods a fortnight- 20% of curriculum time). The Triple Science group have 14 periods per fortnight – they will complete the Core and Additional Science and then Unit 3 for each of the subject areas.

The curriculum has changed from September 2016; the new course is a linear assessment and there is no coursework.  Students from September 2016 will complete either AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (thirteen periods per fortnight) or AQA GCSE Separate Sciences (fourteen periods per fortnight).

Brief overview of KS5 curriculum & weblinks

http://www.aqa.org.uk
http://www.ocr.org.uk

In KS5 we offer A-level Biology (AQA), A-level Chemistry (OCR Salters), A-level Physics (AQA) and A-level Applied Science (AQA). Students have 11 x50min periods per fortnight in Year 12 and 12 periods per fortnight in Year 13 and follow a combination of theory and practical lessons.  Students have access to the online textbook and learning platform www.kerboodle.com.

Resources

Currently science is taught in a suite of 7 laboratories – B1 to B6 and B10. Each laboratory has six central workstations equipped with water, gas and electricity. Further services are provided on benches to the side of the room. Basic laboratory apparatus e.g. beakers, test tubes, measuring cylinders, electrical leads, power packs are available in all laboratories. All our labs are fitted with interactive white boards, conventional white boards, with full internet access. In addition two of the laboratories are fitted with class sets of computers each with internet and curriculum access.

Useful links

The following web sites are useful for research and revision purposes and cover key stage 3, key stage 4 and A level sciences.

www.kerboodle.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

http://www.skoool.co.uk

http://www.s-cool.co.uk

www.ocr.org.uk

www.aqa.org.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/revision

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.webelements.com

www.kidsastronomy.com

www.webphysics.davidson.edu/Applets

www.science-active.co.uk

www.purchon.com/biology/revision

www.scienceandyou.org