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 aims to contribute positively to our enjoyment and understanding of the world and our place within it. 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.

science curriculum map

year 7 knowledge organiser

year 8 knowledge organiser

year 9 knowledge organiser

gcse – biology

gcse – chemistry

gcse – physics

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

Working Independently

Below are a number of links to resources available to support independent learning:

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
  • Science club meets regularly to explore topics outside the curriculum
  • 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.
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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.

Second in Department: Mrs. A. Simms, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
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Mrs Simms is a teacher of Science and STEM with a First class honors degree in Biochemistry from The University of East Anglia. She also received her PGCE from the UEA. Mrs Simms is also an examiner for AQA.

Other Staff: Miss. A. Abeyesinghe, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
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Other Staff: Mrs. A. Ferreira, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
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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.

Other Staff: Mr. W. Fox, M.A., P.G.C.E.
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Mr Fox graduated with a MSc Hons in Molecular Medicine at the University of Essex before obtaining a P.G.C.E from the University of East Anglia. Prior to becoming a science teacher he worked as an Associate Practitioner in the haematology department of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Mr Fox teaches Science Club. 

Other Staff: Dr. D. Hone, PhD, P.G.C.E.  (Head of School)
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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.

Other Staff: Mr. S. Jones, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
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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. 

Other Staff: Mrs. C. Loates, B.Eng. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
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Other Staff: Mrs. C. Merryweather, MSc., P.G.C.E.
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Other Staff: Miss. A. Mills, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E.
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