Science is an amazing and fun subject and we endeavour in every lesson to provide concepts and ideas to stimulate enthusiasm and excitement for all of our students. We do this through a range of teaching and learning strategies; including discussion, theory work and mostly during practical investigations. Our staff have high standards and expectations and lessons are designed to challenge our students and address their misconceptions.
Year 7 students will initially be taught in mixed ability groups while they settle into school life, we will then set students according to their ability- allowing their teachers to challenge the highest ability students whilst also being able to support those who require it. Children do learn at different rates to the teaching groups will be checked at regular intervals to allow students to move sets where necessary. We also have an open-door policy, so students can talk to their teachers at break and lunch times if they feel they need a little extra support.
We have rearranged our KS3 curriculum to enable an early GCSE start in January of y9. This will help our students to get into the right frame of mind and get a head start into their GCSE courses. In year 10 and 11, we run three GCSE courses; triple, double and an Entry Level Certificate – pupils will be directed to the course that will best suit their skills and academic needs.
As an extra-curricular activity, we also run an after-school Science Club each week for year 7, year 8 and 9, where we further explore the experiments within science. We also actively take part in Science week and run trips to the Big Bang Fair in order to stimulate students’ interest in science.