The study of Science enables students to gather data, analyse it, explain phenomena and communicate effectively, by working on key skills such as using scientific methods, working safely and recording and evaluating evidence. The focus is to build students vocabulary and skills so that they can plan and organise practical’s independently as well as conceptualizing and explaining key concepts to the best of their individual ability.
The department currently has three members of staff, who teach separate lessons of Chemistry, Biology and Physics to Years 7 to 9 and at GCSE level. There is also a full time technician to help organise practical work. Students are encouraged to use the evidence they gather during practical work to explain scientific theories. They are continually challenged to think about their ideas and expand on them. There are three modern, recently refurbished, fully equipped laboratories where students are taught science exclusively.
Younger students have six Science lessons a week with one staff member. The lessons are topic based with assessments once a term. Pupils in Year 8 onwards also benefit from after school Science clubs, with Booster sessions for those taking their GCSES in Years 10 and 11.
Science is changing our lives in society, and the department has chosen a GCSE curriculum which looks closely at the influence it has on our everyday lives, teaching students how it can be applied to real-life situations. To complement class work, excursions are organised for each year group to locations like Dungeness Power Station, Greenwich Observatory, the Big Bang show, Science Live! and a local nature reserve. The Science department have also led two trips to Iceland in recent years.
The pass rate for Science in 2013 was 75%, which compares very favourably with the national average of 53%. Many of our students go on to study Science at sixth form.