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We believe that understanding the universe using the techniques and methods of modern science is exciting. We are determined to help our students to understand the discoveries of Chemistry, Biology and Physics. We aim to teach challenging lessons that support them in understanding and recalling the concepts and language of science while developing the creative skills needed to solve problems and employ the scientific method.
We work hard to develop in our students an inquisitive and questioning approach to Science. Lessons contain opportunities for collaboration, discussion and independent enquiry, reflection and improvement. Where possible they also provide activities that allow students to build links between topics and to learn how science is applied in the world.
Year 7 & 8
In Years 7 and 8 students follow the National Curriculum.
This provides the foundations for understanding the world through the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
On entering Key Stage 4, students will begin either a Combined Science course (Chemistry, Biology and Physics all in the same GCSE award) or Separate Sciences course (Chemistry, Biology and Physics are sat as separate GCSE subjects). Practical activity remains a strong part of the Key Stage 4 curriculum and students can expect to work through a carefully chosen selection of core practical activities.
Both Combined and Separate Science students continue to develop their understanding of key biological, chemical and physical concepts whilst being introduced to a new array of supporting practical activities and demonstrations.
In the final year, students will complete their study of the course content before they begin preparations for their exams. Lessons will contain a greater focus on exam technique and revision. Combined science students will achieve the award of two GCSEs and separate science students will achieve the award of three GCSEs; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Our students take part in many different enrichment opportunities including regional competitions, events such as Men in White Coats organised by Exeter University and trips to Big Bang Science Fair, @Bristol and the Met Office Science Camp.