Science

 
"The Science department believes that all students have equal worth and they have the right to equal opportunities for personal development. Department aims are as follows:
 
  • To maintain and stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science.
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary.
  • To enable students to see science in the context of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  • To enable students to understand and use scientific method, with safety being a major consideration.
  • To provide a well organised, stimulating and pleasant environment.
  • To enable students to develop politeness, perseverance, initiative, self-discipline, independence and the motivation to succeed.
  • To enable independent learning and teamwork in students.
  • To ensure that all students achieve their maximum potential allowing equal access to science and experience enjoyment and success in their science work.
  • To develop an awareness in students of the implications of science (past and present) for the individual, the community and the environment; that application of sciences can be both beneficial and detrimental.
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.
  • To promote awareness that the study and practice of science are cooperative and cumulative activities; and are subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations.
  • To support the language college status of the school by sharing with students how ideas in science have changed over time and the role that leading international scientists have taken in changing our views of the scientific world."
 
 
A wide range of courses are provided for all students of all interests and abilities to develop scientific enquiry skills and an understanding of the processes of the natural world.
 
 
At KS3 
 
The National Curriculum is broken down into units lasting approximately four weeks. For each unit, goals are clearly defined so that students can track their own progress. Practical skills and techniques are developed throughout the course.
 
Year 7 topics studied provide a broad foundation for future scientific study: 
 
Microbes, infection, bacteria and immunisation
Magnets and electromagnets
Forces and satellites
Solar system and gravity
Forces: speed and friction
Cells, currents and voltage
Adaptations, the environment and food chains
Cells, microscopes and reproduction
Particles and solutions
Acids and alkalis
 
 
Year 8 topics:
 
Food, diet and digestion
Atoms, elements and compounds
Exercise, movement and drugs
Chemical reactions and word equations
Light and sound
Heating and cooling
Pressure and moments
Energy conservation and efficiency
Slar system
Environment and behaviour
Inheritance and selection
The changing Earth
 
At KS4 GCSE
 
Courses offered at Key Stage 4 include GCSEs in Science, Additional Science, Separate Science and Certificate in Science. The GCSE courses are composed of 25% controlled assessment and 75% written modules.
 
Additional Science
(Physics) Radioactive materials, Electric circuits, Explaining motion
(Chemistry) Chemical synthesis, Chemicals of the natural environment, Chemical patterns
(Biology) Processes of life, Growth and development, Brain and Mind
 
Separate Science
(Physics) Naked eye astronomy, Light, telescopes and images, Mapping the universe, the sun and the stars, the astronomy community
(Chemistry) Chemical Industry, Green chemistry, Organic molecules and functional groups, Chemical analysis techniques, Chromatography and titration analysis
(Biology) Fitness and exercise / peak performance, Components of blood and the circulatory system, Body temperature and blood sugar, natural ecosystems, New technologies – DNA, Nanotechnology, Stem Cells, GM food
 
GCSE Science
 
(Physics) Earth in the universe, Radiation and life, Sustainable Energy
(Chemistry) Air quality, material choices, Chemicals in our lives – risks and benefits
(Biology) You and your genes, Keeping healthy, Life on Earth
 
Certificate in Science
 
This course is aimed at students that are not quite ready for the demands of the GCSE course. All students have the opportunity to then proceed to the GCSE Science course.
 
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Extra curricular
 
Gardening Club
Science Club (focussing on the CREST awards)
Enrichment Day visits to: Kew Gardens, London Zoo and the Natural History Museum.
 
Previously Run
 
Year 7 ecology field trips
Gifted and Talented visit to King’s College
 
 
Laboratory Rules
 
ALL students WITHOUT exception MUST follow the rules of safety regarding laboratory use:
 
  1. Do not enter a laboratory without permission.
  2. Never run in the lab.
  3. Never taste or put anything in your mouth in the laboratory. If you get something into your mouth, spit it out at once and wash your mouth out with water.
  4. Always wash your hands carefully after handling chemicals. 
  5. Always wear eye protection when you are told to do so by your teacher.
  6. When using a Bunsen burner, make sure that ties, hair etc. are tied back or tucked away.
  7. If you get burnt or splash chemicals ion your skin, wash the affected part with lots of water.
  8. Keep your bench and nearby floor clear, with bags and coats well out of the way.
  9. Never take anything from the lab without permission.
  10. All accidents and breakages – however minor – must be reported to your teacher at once.

 

 

                                            Qualification Information

 
Examination Offered Options
 
Exam Specification
 
Progression options Assessment
Chemistry GCSE

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A Level

 

Terminal exams and controlled assessments

 

Biology GCSE Click here for exam specification A Level Terminal exams (linear from 2014)and controlled assessments
Physics GCSE Click here for exam specification A Level Terminal exams (Linear from 2014) and controlled assessments

 

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