Head of Department: Taruna Sharma
Deputy Head of Department (KS4 Coordinator): Shuhela Begum
Deputy Head of Department (KS3 Coordinator): Alison Alverez
KS5 Coordinator: Simon Maunder
Members of Department:
The study of Science allows us not only to understand and interact with the world around us on an individual level but also contribute to solving some of the major problems facing mankind. Knowledge and application of Science can help problems such as famine, disease and climate change. Our vision is to provide our students with the skills and experiences necessary to be successful in our evolving world
Key Stage 3 Curriculum (Years 7-8)
The department has designed a bespoke KS3 curriculum which is completed in two years. The programme of study follows the new National Curriculum guidelines covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Teaching places a lot of emphasis on practical and creative thinking skills as well as literacy and numeracy. The KS3 curriculum allows pupils to access fundamental knowledge and skills to support attainment at Key stage. Pupil attainment is assessed throughout each topic by end of unit tests, homework & classwork activities, and extended writing tasks.
Key Stage 4 curriculum (Years 9-11)
The department currently follows the OCR Gateway Science specifications and teaching aims to build upon and deepen pupils’ understanding of the big ideas developed in Year 7 and 8. Teaching helps pupils to develop curiosity about the natural world, provides an insight into working scientifically and enables pupils to appreciate the relevance of science in their everyday lives. Pupils are taught to apply their understanding to a variety of contexts to help prepare them for public examinations at the end of Year 11 Both double and triple sciences are offered at KS4. Pupil progress is monitored regularly to ensure at least expected progress is being made through classwork and homework activities, end of unit tests and mock exams.
Key Stage 5 curriculum (Years 12-13)
The department follows the OCR A courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and encourages pupils to develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods. Teaching enables pupils to develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills. Pupil progress is monitored through classwork and homework activities, end of unit tests and mock exams.
To support, encourage and enthuse pupils in their study of science the department:
- Provides opportunities for pupils to attend trips and visits relating to science, such as the Science & Natural History Museums at KS3, the Royal Society Summer Exhibition at KS4, residential visits to CERN in Geneva and a rural studies centre in Somerset to study ecology at KS5;
- Offers pupils a chance to attend Science, Engineering and Medical challenges at local universities;
- Provides opportunities for pupils to attend Careers in Science days at Russell Group universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge.