Remote Learning

General Science and Chemistry

The aim of work set in science is simple.  Whilst we are unable to do practical work, we attempt to get a little ahead with the theoretical side of the subject.  To this end, work is generally set weekly at a slightly quicker pace than the theory might have been encountered at school.  Without the leavening of experiments, this is a feasible approach.  The work primarily draws upon information in the text books, real or virtual, with which the boys have been provided.  Years 9 and 10 have access to Kerboodle, whilst the lower sixth have the Collins Advanced Chemistry text books.  Work from other books and on-line sources may also be recommended.  All of the course content that has been set will be revisited and reviewed once we return to the school premises, generally through the medium of practical work.  The topics covered now are the same as those that would have been were we still in school.

Biology

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Physics

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Science

The Science Department is jointly headed by Mr Hensman and Dr Sykesud.  Within Science there are the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Departments, and Science is taught as a mixed subject in Years 7 and 8.

Most science teaching takes place within the Science Centre.  This is a bold, three-storey building, with Biology housed on the Ground Floor, Chemistry on the Second Floor and Physics in the middle.  Each floor has its Preparation Room. There are also three, recently renovated, Science Laboratories in the General Science area, and one in the ‘STEM’ building along with two ‘flexible’ classrooms.  As our emphasis is upon practical science, our laboratories are equipped with gas and water supplies, with the usual interactive IT equipment.

Mr Rowe is the Head of Biology, Mr Hensman the Head of Physics and Dr Sykesud the Head of Chemistry.  Other positions of responsibility within the Science Department are held by Mrs Butler, (currently under Dr Claudia Cianci), Key Stage 3 and Dr Purcell, STEM Programme Co-ordination and UCAS.

Other Science staff include Dr Clarke, Mr Cochrane, Mr Collins, Mr Cooksey, Miss Dzierbicka, Mr Kendall, Mrs Khow, Dr Leach, Mrs Lee, Mr Mason, Mrs Miller, Mr Page, Mr Parry, Dr Pozzi, Dr Sadler, Mrs Wallis and Dr White.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 scheme of work is bespoke and covered in Years 7 and 8.  In Year 7, boys are taught by one Science teacher in form groups.  They are then partially placed in sets and taught Science by another teacher in Year 8.

In Year 7, pupils cover the following topics:

Chemical Reactions (with classroom/lab rules/Bunsen burner safety)

The Particle Model, Heating and Cooling

Cells

Reproduction

Energy Resources

Atoms and Bigger Things  

Forces

Variety and Classification

 

In Year 8, they study:

Plants

Light & Sound

Inheritance

Rocks

Human effects on the environment

Metals and Reactivity

Energy/electricity

Space

Speeding Up

Simple electricity

Magnetism

Food and Digestion

Respiration and Circulation

The teaching of CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education) is a feature of KS3.  This approach focuses upon a pupil’s learning how to learn through the development of thinking skills.  CASE lessons are integrated into the scheme of work.

Throughout Key Stage 3 the primary assessment takes the form of two written tests and an annual examination.  Their results are reported to the boys’ parents and guardians.  Crucially, these tests are used as an opportunity, too, to give the boys formative feedback aimed at helping them to do better next time.

The GCSEs

From Year 9, all pupils are taught in separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics classes.  

From Year 10, a selection of our boys take the AQA “Combined Science: Trilogy”, 8464, award.  The rest take the AQA Triple Science courses, 8461, 8462 and 8463.  The courses’ websites are http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464, http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461, http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462 and http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463.

Assessment in Years 9 to 11 follows the pattern set in Key Stage 3.  Again, tests and examinations are spread across the year and results and formative comments are shared with the boys and their parents and guardians.

A Levels

A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics are offered.  Chemistry and Physics take their examinations through the Welsh Joint Education Committee, the WJEC, under their Eduqas programme for schools in England.  The Biology Department teaches the Pearson course to the upper sixth, whilst the lower sixth begins, this year, to study the AQA A Level.  These represent the most suitably academic and rigorous courses for our requirements.  The WJEC has details of these courses on its website, whilst details of the Pearson course can be found here and the AQA here.

Again, testing and formal reporting follows the pattern set earlier in the school.

 

Detailed curriculum information about each separate subject is available via the following links:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics