Science

CURRICULUM AIMS AND VALUES

Science is responsible for mobile phones, vaccinations and even the food you eat. Science is all around us and the study of Science allows pupils to gain an understanding of the world around them, and also what the future world may look like. Our aim is to develop pupils’ scientific understanding and application within a safe and secure environment that will allow them to pursue a career within a Science discipline. This is prompted by developing a pupil’s curiosity and passion for the subject from year 7 that will encourage pupils to continue their interest in Science beyond Greenbank High School.

At Greenbank, we build on the core scientific principles that have been established during primary school and in association with the national curriculum for science we want all pupils to:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

To most effectively meet these standards, lessons are taught which incorporate elements of both content and skills. These skills are built on and developed through the pupils’ time at school so that they can apply their knowledge of science when conducting scientific investigations of their own. Skills which are necessary at GCSE but also at A-Level and beyond. We also want to ensure pupils have an experience of Science outside of the classroom. This is done through a range of enrichment and additional activities that help develop the cultural capital of pupils in relation to Science education.

All pupils at Greenbank study science from year 7 through to year 11. Pupils have the option to select AQA Separate Sciences at the end of year 8 which will enable them to study the three sciences at the end of year 11. Those pupils that do not opt for the Separate Science course follow the AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) which will result in two GCSEs following successful completion.

Science at Greenbank aims to complete the following by the end of year 11:

  • Highest achievement for all, irrespective of background or need which enables pupils to progress on to the next educational stage.
  • Encourage pupils to take science related courses following year 11 which can then enable progress into a science based career in STEM related subject areas.
  • Develop skills such as problem solving, practical competency, numeracy and literacy that can help pupils achieve further success.
  • Mature a pupil’s ability to work both independently and within a team and to develop reflective and evaluative skills which will be needed for whichever career path is chosen following Greenbank.

 

Our overall aim is to develop pupils’ scientific understanding and application within a safe and secure environment that will allow them to pursue a career within a Science discipline. This is prompted by developing a pupil’s curiosity and passion for the subject from year 7 that will encourage pupils to continue their interest in Science beyond Greenbank High School.

KS3 (YEARS 7&8)

All pupils are tested at the start of Year 7 which enables the Science department to identify the pupils’ science competency at the beginning of the KS3 course. Pupils will cover a wide range of topics from all three Science disciplines focussing on knowledge and understanding, applications of Science, practical skills and scientific enquiry. At the end of each topic, pupils will complete an end of topic test which will be used to monitor progression through the course. Throughout Key Stage 3 there are several opportunities to review pupil groups which will be based on performance in formative and summative assessments.

YEAR 9

Pupils fulfil the requirements of the KS3 course during the first part of the academic year. When this is complete, a transition course is taught enabling the pupils to develop the skills and knowledge required for a successful integration into KS4. This course has been designed in collaboration with the new KS4 specifications which will be taught from September 2016. Pupils will be split depending on which options they have chosen: Combined Science (2 GCSEs) or Separate Science (3 GCSEs) and will then be placed in sets as appropriate.

KS4 (YEARS 10-11)

Pupils are offered the choice of following the Additional Science route which is worth two GCSEs at the end of Key Stage 4 or the Separate Science route which will allow pupils to achieve 3 GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Additional Science offers a broad and balanced course that develops pupils’ knowledge of the living, material and physical worlds over two years of study. It also incorporates a wide range of practical skills that will enable pupils to link the theory to the applications of Science.

This course is suitable for pupils of all abilities and will allow progression into Key Stage 5 Science.

The Separate Science route enables pupils to gain a thorough and detailed understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is best suited to those pupils wishing to pursue a career in Science related areas. The course is designed to help pupils develop scientific concepts and relate those to a variety of applications and uses. This is done by integrating the ‘How Science Works’ principles throughout the course.

Both routes are assessed formally at the end of Year 11 with assessed practical work taking place throughout the duration of the courses.

Extra-curricular

The Science department organises many different extra-curricular activities for pupils. These include school based activities such as Science Club, STEM enrichment days and More-Able Extension sessions. Pupils will also have the opportunity to compete in Regional and National Science Challenge days held at various Universities whilst also learning about animal adaptations and habitats at Chester Zoo. We have also arranged trips overseas with trips visiting Paris and also CERN in Switzerland.

Equipment

All pupils will require the following equipment whilst in Science lessons: Pens (including a green pen), pencils, eraser, scientific calculator and a hair bobble.

Mr C Pritchard – Director of Learning for Science and PE

Mrs C Fox – Assistant Director of Learning for Science and PE

Mr D Burton – Deputy Headteacher / Teacher of Science

Mrs D Atherton – Teacher of Science

Mr L Dunne – Teacher of Science

Mrs K Blease – Teacher of Science and Progress Leader

Mrs J Mullinder – Science Technician

Miss G Smithson – Teacher of Science

Mr A Sinclair – Teacher of Science and Progress Leader

Mrs A Smith – Teacher of Science

Mrs C Pritchard – Teacher of Science and Progress Leader

Mr P Wildman – Senior Science Technician
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