|Head of Science||Mr P Hillen|
|Deputy Head of Science||Mrs S Stahl|
|Science Teachers||Mrs N Abdalla, Mr C Burley, Miss R Hindle, Mrs A Lloyd, Mrs S Ray|
The Science Department believes that all students should be provided with a balanced Science education, which is both challenging and enjoyable, leading to a broader knowledge and a greater understanding of the world around them. This will enable students to cope better with life in a modern technological society and appreciate how Science can be used to solve a myriad of problems.
We believe in encouraging our students’ natural curiosity, endeavouring to provide equal opportunities and an enriching education for all. A “hands on” philosophy is ingrained in our culture through investigative learning and extra-curricular provision in our ten Science laboratories.
Our KS3 course is based on the 10 big ideas of Science and links seamlessly with KS4 in an integrated 5 year curriculum, providing a solid foundation for A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Year 7 Modules
|Sept/Oct||Introductory Module and Cells|
|Oct/Nov||Particle model||Separating mixtures|
|Nov/Dec||Energy closts||Energy transfer|
|May/June||Variation||Acids & Alkalis|
Year 8 Modules
|Nov/Dec||Voltage & Resistance||Current|
|June||Types of reaction||Chemical Energy|
Year 9 Modules
In Year 12 the A Level students study cell Biology, Biological molecules, cell membranes, transport in animal and plants, infectious diseases, conservation and classification.
In Year 13 the A Level students study photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, evolution,biotechnology, ecosystems, homeostasis
In Year 10 students continue to follow the AQA Separate Science course, taught by subject specialists.
Biology topics are:
- Digestion and transport
Chemistry topics are:
- Chemical analysis
- Energy in reactions
- Rates of reactions
- Structure and bonding
Physics topics are:
- Energy stores
- Energy transfers
- Forces and motion
- Electrical circuits
In Year 11 students follow Separate or Double Science, depending on suitability
Biology topics are:
Chemistry topics are:
- Quantitative chemistry
- Chemical analysis (Separate Science only)
- Further mole/titration calculations (Separate Science only)
- Organic chemistry (Separate Science only)
Physics topics are
- Electricity in the home
- Magnetic fields
- Atomic structure
- Pressure, Moments and Centre of Mass (Separate Science only)
- Space (Separate Science only)
KS5 Biology - OCR A H420
In Year 12 students study:
- Cell Biology
- Biological molecules
- Cell membranes
- Transport in animals and plants
- Infectious diseases
In Year 13
KS5 Chemistry - OCR A H432
Year 12 study the following topics:
- Fundamentals of chemistry: atomic structure and isotopes, periodic trend in electron configuration and ionisation energy, amounts of substance, electron structure, qualitative analysis.
- Inorganic chemistry: acids, redox, bonding and structure, periodicity, group 2, halogens, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, enthalpy changes.
- Organic chemistry: Alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, haloalkanes,organic synthesis, analytical techniques.
Year 13 topics studied:
- Inorganic chemistry: Rates, equilibrium, acids, bases, buffers, lattice enthalpy enthalpy, entropy, redox and electrode potentials, transition elements, qualitative analysis
- Organic chemistry: aromatic compounds, ccarbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids, esters, amines, amino acids, amides, chirality , polyesters, polyamides, organic synthesis, chromatography, spectroscopy.
KS5 Physics - OCR A H556
Year 12 students study: Foundations of Physics, Kinematics and Dynamics, Work energy and power, Understanding materials, Waves, Electricity, Quantum Physics, Capacitors,
Year 13 study: Electric fields, Gravitational fields, Magnetic fields, The universe, Simple Harmonic Motion, Cosmology, Gas laws, Particle Physics, Thermal Physics, Medical Physics.
Additional information/related activities (There may be additional information for this section tbc)
There are two STEM clubs, for KS3 and KS4, after school intervention for Y11 and 13 weekly.
We also have visiting lectures - last year a genetics start-up called Phytoform visited and presented to a variety of classes, from Y9 to Y13.
In addition to work in school students have the opportunity to attend evening lectures at Royal Holloway University of London - 4/5 per year - these have just resumed since Covid and are aimed at any students interested in Physics. On October 31st the lecture was on Dark Matter.
For Y12/13 a Particle Physics Masterclass at RHUL, an Engineering taster day at Wellington College and 4/5 day Summer holiday Engineering courses at various Universities, according to preference, are also available
Additional information/Related activities
- For KS3 various activities include design and test a rocket car, adopt an animal or zoo, the Gerbil Club, a wildlife photography competition. There is a STEM club with an industry day activity for all Year 9 students.
- For GCSE Biology students various activities include Biology lectures from guest speakers, a visit to a Biotechnology company, Syngenta
- For A Level Biology students there are visits to primary schools to demonstrate biological skills, a field trip to Kimmeridge, a lecture in London from famous biologists and a trip to a zoo concering captive breeding programmes. There are also visits by guest speakers show casing what they do in research, or at their work placement such as doctors, nurses, or scientists