At Key Stage 3, the Science department teach Science through stories and applications. Year 7s solve crimes and learn about chemicals in Forensics, investigate the mystery of why the mammoths disappeared in Extinction and learn about how the body works in A&E. They discover how circuits work in Electromancer, learn about particles in food in Cook and search for intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe in Alien.
Year 8s study climate change in NVIZ, investigate volcanoes in Catastrophe and look at the effects of cystic fibrosis on the body in Live and Kicking. Studio Magic allows the students opportunities to consider how music is made. Students discover about the interdependence of different plants and animals in Species at War, and finally learn about fireworks in Pyrotechnics!
We believe in building both the skills and the knowledge of the students, and the work is equally distributed between the two.
There are a number of pathways at Key Stage 4.
Students who need extra support will follow a pathway that includes Entry Level Certificate in Science, which teaches basic skills and scientific knowledge, followed by Environmental and Land Based Science, which is a hands-on course about caring for plants and animals.
Most students will study Core Science, which at its heart is about learning the Science needed to be a citizen in an increasingly technological and scientific world. Students are taught about making decisions about their health, the environment and the materials we use. Topics covered include nuclear power, genetic diseases, air pollution, climate change, vaccines and how we learn about the Earth’s history.
Many students want to go further in learning about Science, and study Additional Science, covering topics such as forces and energy, chemical bonding and the brain.
Some students who know that they want to study Science to a higher level choose to take Triple Science. The extension units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics will help students to prepare for A-levels in each of the subjects. Topics covered include more in depth study of specific groups of chemicals, healthy lifestyles and astronomy.