The Department aims to work together with pupils as individuals in order to maximise their potential in Science and to develop and expand their wider range of transferable skills.
Each new day should bring fresh and exciting challenges to both pupils and staff, and we will all support each other to achieve success.
Most pupils study Science for the Government-recommended time periods:
Year 7 6 periods per fortnight
Year 8 6 periods per fortnight
Year 9 6 periods per fortnight
Year 10 10 periods per fortnight
Year 11 10 periods per fortnight
All pupils are taught by specialist teachers.
All laboratories are equipped with interactive whiteboards, linked to the school computer network, with access to the Internet and to a collection of specific Science software, as well as the basic school facilities such as word processing and spreadsheets. The Science Department is fortunate to possess well-resourced laboratories, which are served with excellent technical support. Electronic versions of our Year 7 and 8 textbooks and resources are available for pupils to access outside of school.
Materials are differentiated to allow individual pupils to progress at appropriate rates and extra staff are often provided to help pupils with specific learning difficulties.
Pupils are usually taught by one Science teacher in Year 7 in order to ensure a smooth and more successful transition from Key Stage 2. How Science Works is an integral part of each Year 7 lesson as we teach pupils the importance of science and associated skills in everyday life.
Formative assessment of all pupils takes place regularly and end-of-module tests, using appropriately levelled questions, are carried out. This allows pupils and staff to be aware of progress and set targets for improvement. We appreciate the benefit of practical work and give the pupils every opportunity to experience this. Consequently, we expect high standards of behaviour in the laboratories at all times. We reward the effort and performance of each individual pupil and will contact home to say so.