“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. “ Louis Pasteur
The vision of the science department is “science for all and science in your life”. We aim to inspire students in the wonders of science through challenging and interactive lessons, to prepare them for their future equipped with the skills they need.
To achieve our vision we will do our utmost to ensure that:
Lindsay Black- Head of Department
James Raven- Deputy Head of Department
Idris Hafeez- Lead Teacher
Kevin Allack- Part-time Teacher of Science
Lesley Ayres- Part-time Teacher of Science
Faye Biggin- Teacher of Science
Michael Cummings- Teacher of Science
Imran Ghafoor- Teacher of Science
Joanne Griffiths- Teacher of Science
Antonia Hindle- Part-time Teacher of Science
Graham Hudson- Teacher of Science
Christiaan Hunt- Teacher of Science
Carly Mason- Teacher of Science
Phillipe Osborne- Teacher of Science
Matthew Purcell- Teacher of Science
Adrienne Wooderson- Teacher of Science
Cheryl Moore- Chief Technician
Gwynneth Humphreys- Science Admin Assistant
Science at Keystage 3
Students in year 7 and 8 follow the 'Activate' course studying topics in Biology Physics and Chemistry in line with the National Curriculum and with an emphasis on scientific enquiry. All students have three hour per week of science.
Structure & Function of Body Systems
Particles & their Behaviour
Elements, Atoms and Compounds
Acids & Alkalis
Health & Lifestyle
Adaptation and Inheritance
The Periodic Table
Metals & Acids
Electricity & Magnetism
Motion & Pressure
Assessment takes the form of:
End of unit tests
Homework will be in the form of open ended projects for each unit and revision.
Science at Keystage 4
KS4 Courses offered
GCSE Science: Core (Edexcel) Compulsory
GCSE Science: Additional (Edexcel) Compulsory
GCSE Science: Further Additional (Edexcel) Optional
GCSE Additional Applied Science (AQA) Compulsory
GCSE Science for Work (WJEC) Compulsory
The majority of students in year 9,10,11 follow the Edexcel GCSE science curriculum. All students in year 9 and 10 have 4 hours per week of science. Triple science options add two hours in year 9 and 10 and 5 in year 11 for 2014/15 only.
Students studying the core curriculum will be taught by two specialist teachers. Students who follow this pathway will be examined in core science in year 10 and additional science in year 11.
Examinations are one hour long and comprise three separate examinations in chemistry physics and biology, at core and additional level
Students studying triple science will be taught by three specialists in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Students opting for triple science pathway will be examined in core science in year 10 comprising three core science exams in physics chemistry and biology, as well as additional and further additional levels in all three subjects in year 11.
All students undertake controlled assessments at each level which make up 25% of each overall grade. Students are expected to plan and carry out an investigation and draw conclusions demonstrating their practical and deductive skills.
Students will be assessed throughout the course with unit assessments.
Students will also be assessed with a mock exam in the mock exam period of the school calendar
Revision workbooks will be issued to all students and revision guides can be purchased from student reception.
Homework will be in the form of revision tasks and examination questions, as well as research based homework.
WJEC Science for work
This qualification is suitable for students following an alternative pathway. This course is based on 75% controlled assessment ( coursework) and 25% examinations.
Students in year 10 selected for this course will be expected to complete three units of coursework covering the following topic areas:
1. Health ans Physiology
2. Scienticifc Detection
3. Testing Claims Scientifically
The examined unit of 'Reducing Our carbon Footprint will be studied in year 11 along with core science review for examination in the summer of year 11long with core science exams.
Post 16 Science
We have a thriving 6th form in the Science department. Students can choose from 3 A level subjects in Physics, Chemistry and Biology as well as the opportunity to study BTEC level 3 in Applied Science.
Physics A level
Students follow the OCR Physics course.
Chemistry A level
Students follow the OCR Chemistry B(Salters) course
Biology A level
Students follow the OCR Biology course.
BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science
STEM club is on Thursday night after school and open to all students. The club is involved in a number of national competitions including the Lego League.
Stop the clock day is usually a science event for year 7.
Students have the opportunity to go on trips and visits, to Magna or the Star Centre or participate in Bradford Science week events. Key stage 4 and 5 students have an opportunity to visit local universities for special events and workshops.
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