In Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9), students have three science lessons a week. The students cover the three main areas of science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – through a number of different units of work that include Cells, Simple Chemical Reactions and forces amongst others.
At Key Stage 4 (Year 10 – 11) our students follow the Combined Science Trilogy programme of study, part of the AQA GCSE (9-1) series of qualifications. It is one of five qualifications from AQA, developed with teachers to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations. The course includes elements of Biology, Physics and Chemistry, as well as knowledge of the 21 required practical investigations which are assessed in the examinations at the end of year 11 alongside the rest of the specification content. Students who achieve a pass are awarded 2 GCSE’s. As some of our Year 10 pupils may return to mainstream school and with many of the local schools also following AQA courses, the Science Trilogy work is identical to that covered by the separate GCSE Sciences of Biology, Physics and Chemistry so pupils returning to mainstream will not be at any disadvantage.
Although we work hard towards nationally recognised qualifications we recognise too that Science should be fun. We will be lucky enough to have had our Science room renovated and turned into a proper laboratory over the summer which means that we can continue to develop practical work which is not only enjoyable for the students, but is also an essential part of the Science curriculum. We take part in activities for British Science Week each year, keep an eye out for Science in the News and, where appropriate, aim to take the learning outside the classroom in order to engage all learners.