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. At Greenbank High School, Science is a very popular subject with pupils who are engaged, enthused and motivated. This is supported by a high level of experimental work and analysis which allows pupils to relate scientific theory to practical situations. This is based within 7 teaching laboratories supported by a large technicians’ area which supplies each laboratory with the necessary equipment needed to carry out experiments. These may range from simple flame tests and microscopy to more complex titrations and optical experiments. Throughout all experimental work, pupils have the opportunity to identify potential risks and implement safety procedures. This is an essential and crucial skill that pupils will develop during their time at Greenbank High School.
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 7-9)
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.
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.
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.
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 & PE
Mrs D Atherton – Science teacher
Ms J Hardman – Science teacher
Mr R Howgego – Science teacher
Mrs K Blease – Science teacher
Mrs J Mullinder – Science technician
Mrs E Russell – Asistant Headteacher and science teacher
Mr A Sinclair – Science teacher and progress leader
Mrs A Smith – Science teacher
Mrs C Pritchard