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The Science department consists of a team of 10 full time teachers, 4 part time teachers and 5 technicians.  Where possible, staff teach according to their specialism at GCSE and A Level, and also in Year 9.  They teach all three sciences in Years 7 and 8.

The department has 12 laboratories, including 2 brand new Chemistry labs and 4 preparation rooms.  Each laboratory has a networked computer and an interactive smartboard. In addition one laboratory has 16 networked computers (one for each pair of students) together with a large collection of data logging equipment.

Staff

Staff

The Science department consists of a team of 9 full time teachers, 5 part time teachers and 4 technicians. Where possible, staff teach according to their specialism at GCSE and A Level, and also in Year 9. They teach all three sciences in Years 7 and 8

Chemists

  • Mr S Bailey
  • Mrs R Carew
  • Ms F Kinsely
  • Miss L Robertson
  • Mrs E O’Toole

Biologists

  • Ms E Hickson
  • Mr A Milson
  • Mrs S Charles
  • Dr H Williams
  • Mrs M Faint
  • Mrs L Robinson

Physicists

  • Mr P Davies
  • Mr T Baker
  • Mrs A Wainwright

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

The department currently follows its own scheme of learning which makes extensive use of the ‘Exploring Science – How Science Works’ materials.  HSW and APP themes are integrated through our teaching schemes.  Results are significantly above both the York and the National average.

In Year 7 students are grouped into sets based on their Key Stage 2 results.  In both Years 7 and 8 they have 3 hours teaching, ideally with one teacher.  In Year 9 they again receive 3 hours teaching but with 3 specialist teachers.  About half of our students follow a two year Key Stage 3 and commence working on GCSE Triple Science in Year 9

Summary of Curriculum Content

Below is a list of the key topics covered for each year group.  Further details such as summary sheets, key word lists and practice questions for each topic can be found on the appropriate section of the school VLE.  In addition to this an electronic version of the text book utilized in our schemes is available on the VLE.

Year 7
  • Biology: tissues, reproduction, classification, ecology.
  • Chemistry: acids and alkalis, particles, chemical reactions, rocks.
  • Physics: energy, electricity, forces, solar system.
Year 8
  • Biology: food and digestion, respiration, diseases, extinction.
  • Chemistry: solutions, elements, compounds, rock cycle.
  • Physics: forces, light, sound, space and satellites
Year 9
  • Biology:  genetics, health and fitness, photosynthesis and plant nutrition.
  • Chemistry: acids, bases and salts, reactivity series, environmental science.
  • Physics: forces and speed, pressure and moments, circuits.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 pupils can follow a variety of paths.  As mentioned above, many students study AQA Triple Science (3 groups) but students also opt to take Additional Science (3 groups), Applied Science (1 groups) or BTEC Science (2 groups).  The number of groups for each course varies from year to year based on uptake. All the groups following the four paths have 5 hours science teaching each week.

Summary of Curriculum Content

Below is a list of the key topics covered for each of the courses.  Students studying ‘Core Science’ take Unit 1 papers in the June of year 10 and students taking ‘Additional Science’ take Unit 2 papers in the June of year 11.  Students taking separate Science take Unites 1,2 and 3 in the June of year 11.

Further details such as summary sheets, self-assessment sheets, past papers and relevant syllabi can be found for each topic on the appropriate section of the school VLE.  In addition to this an electronic version of the text book utilized in our schemes is available on the VLE.

Relevant subject links are:      AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science#bm-GCSE

BTEC http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts10/appsci/Pages/default.aspx

Unit 1
  • Biology: Keeping Healthy, Nerves and hormones, Use and abuse of drugs, Interdependence and adaptation, Energy and Biomass in food chains, Waste materials from plants and animals, Genetic variation and its control, Evolution
  • Chemistry: Fundamental ideas in chemistry, Rock and building materials, Metals, Fuels from oil, Plastics and Polymers, Plant Oils, Earth and Atmosphere,
  • Physics: Heat, Energy and Efficiency, Electrical Energy, Generating Electricity, Waves, Red Shift.
Unit 2
  • Biology: Cells and simple transport, Tissues, organs and organ systems, Photosynthesis, Organisms and their environment, Proteins – their functions and uses, Aerobic and anaerobic respiration, Cell division and inheritance, Speciation.
  • Chemistry: Structure, bonding and properties, Analysis and quantitative, Rates, Energy, Acids and alkalis, Electrolysis.
  • Physics: Forces and Motion, Forces and energy, Static electricity, Electrical circuits, Household electricity, Atomic structure & radiation, Nuclear fission & fusion.
Unit 3
  • Biology: Movement of molecules in and out of cells, Transport systems in plants and animals, Homeostasis, Humans and their environment.
  • Chemistry: Periodic Table, Water, Energy, Further analysis, Ammonia, Organic.
  • Physics: Medical Applications of Physics, Lenses and Light, Making Things Work, Keeping Things Moving.

Please note, BTEC Science includes the content covered in Unit 1 and 2 and Applied Science covers the content described in Unit 2.  These qualifications look at the same material but with more of an emphasis on ongoing assessment and coursework.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

Science courses are popular at A Level and this is reflected in the high number of students taking all 3 subjects.  We currently have the following groups:

AS Biology 3 Groups A2 Biology 3 Groups
AS Chemistry 3 Groups A2 Chemistry 2 Groups
AS Physics 3 Groups A2 Physics 2 Groups

 

All three subjects follow AQA specifications at present.  At both AS and A2 the groups receive 9 hours teaching time each fortnight.  For the first time next year we will be introducing a KS5 level 3 BTEC course in Applied Science.

Summary of Curriculum Content

Links to the relevant syllabi and past papers are found at:

  • AQA Biology: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/a-level/biology-2410
  • AQA Chemistry http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/a-level/chemistry-2420
  • AQA Physics http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/a-level/physics-a-2450

Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

The Science department runs a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) club in partnership with NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business Enterprise Partnership).   This is a practically orientated club with students carrying out investigations – some students work towards an award from the British Association for Science.