How Science contributes to the Curriculum
Science aims to contribute positively to our enjoyment and understanding of the world and our place within it. An appreciation of the natural and man-made world is a key factor in the development of a broad, balanced, differentiated and relevant curriculum. Science is made accessible to all pupils through a focus on practical work and the teaching of key skills such as making observations, predictions and evaluation of primary observations. Pupils should build up an extended specialist vocabulary to be able to describe processes and characteristics in common language, but also become familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely.
GCSE board and A level board studied
GCSE Exam Board: OCR
You can find the current Combined Science specification here
You can find the current Biology specification here
You can find the current Chemistry specification here
You can find the current Physics specification here
Students are able to continue studying Science at A Level – You can find out more about Science at Dereham Sixth Form here
Assessment in Science
Assessment in Science lessons will take many forms but broadly involves assessment for learning (summative) or assessment of learning (formative). Students should be able to express and display their understanding as they progress through the task with planned activities within the lesson providing the teacher and student with feedback and allowing for subsequent action. Summative assessments will be used at the end of each topic, approximately 4-weekly intervals. These will be graded to allow progress to be tracked against target grades. Summative assessments will be reviewed in subsequent lessons to allow pupils to reflect upon their performance.
Personal Development and Cultural Capital in Science
- STEM club meets regularly to explore topics outside the curriculum
- Lego engineering projects
- GCSE support and revision sessions
- Guest speakers giving presentations reflecting science in the wider world
Who Teaches Science
Head of Department:
Mr. G. Brett, B.Sc. (Hons), Q.T.S.
Mr Brett, Head of Science, teaches Chemistry. He has a 1st Class Honours degree in Chemistry from Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge. Prior to teaching, he spent more than 20 years in scientific research, in the fields of analytical chemistry and human nutrition. Mr Brett is also a moderator and examiner for AQA and OCR.
Ms. L. Beasley, B.Sc., G.T.P., NPQH (Director of Teaching and Support for Learners)
Mrs Beasley has A levels in sociology, psychology, general studies and biology. She completed a BSC in Natural Sciences whilst continuing to work in a full time job, attending UEA, Keele University and University of Cambridge part time. Within the field of science, she spent 3 years as a research assistant working on molecular biotechnology projects, which honed her scientific skills. Mrs Beasley has represented the UK at international scientific conferences in Vienna and Grenoble, which were fantastic experiences! She also has post graduate qualifications in teaching, special educational needs and school leadership and is currently working towards a Masters in educational leadership with the University of Hertfordshire.
Mrs. A. Ferreira, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
Mrs Ferreira has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Science and a PGCE from the University of East Anglia. She also assists with Portuguese Oral examinations.
Dr. D. Hone, PhD, P.G.C.E. (Head of School)
Dr Hone graduated with a BSc Hons in Chemistry with Analytical Sciences. He completed a PhD on nanoparticles and worked at UEA for 4 years as a Senior Research Associate on the use of nanoparticles in diagnostic and therapeutic care, before entering teaching in September 2004.
Mr. S. Jones, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
Mr Jones did his B.Sc in Human Biology at Loughborough University and he gained his P.G.C.E. from the University of East Anglia.
Mr. B. Lea, B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E. (Head of Year 9)
Mr. H. Malin, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E
Mr. S. Russell, M.Chem. (Hons)., M.R.S.C., P.G.C.E.
Mrs. A. Simms, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.