Science

Our Science Team

An Introduction to Science

In the science department we strive to be at the forefront of science education with a tailored curriculum to support every child’s need. The department has built on previous success to ensure that we are a high performing department both within the school setting and Lancashire. We continually work to ensure the curriculum is engaging and stimulating to help pupils gain a thirst for knowledge and a desire to want to progress past GCSE in the sciences.

Year 7

The year 7 pupils start with a transition module that assesses their scientific skills and develops scientific thinking.  They then move onto the modules:

  • Space
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • Cells and reproduction
  • Forces and motion
  • All these modules aim to develop their knowledge around the subjects and the scientific skills associated with each one.
Year 8

The pupils will complete a formative assessment every 3 weeks followed by a summative assessment 3 weeks later and should expect to receive 30 minutes’ homework every week.

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Sound and light
  • Respiration
  • Physical changes
  • Earth and resources
  • Diet, digestion and nervous system
  • Sound and light

All the modules build on previous knowledge and provide a range of skills needed to progress in science.

Year 9

The pupils will complete a formative assessment every 3 weeks followed by a summative assessment 3 weeks later and should expect to receive 30 minutes’ homework every week.

  • Energy
  • Variation and selection
  • Plants and ecosystems
  • Forces and waves

They then move onto a transition module to prepare them for GCSE based on knowledge and scientific skills. In the final half of the year they move onto GCSE content.

Key Stage 4 – AQA GCSE Science

The science department follow a trilogy specifications for the vast majority of the pupils and chemistry, physics and biology specification for a selected group.  Both pathways cover the three disciplines and build on scientific skills as well as enhancing maths and literacy skills as part of the curriculum.

Trilogy

3 x 1hr 15 minutes examination per discipline.

Pupils can expect to receive 60 minutes of homework per week. Each module will also be examined using both formative and summative assessments.

Biology, chemistry and physics

6 x 1hr 45mins examinations, covering the three discipline’s.

 Pupils can expect to receive 60 minutes of homework per week. Each module will also be examined using both formative and summative assessments.

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