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 has three Specialist Science teachers who teach separate lessons of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at GCSE level. They also teach Science lessons to the KS3 students. There is a Science technician who organises 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, fully equipped laboratories where students are taught science. We have a school pond which allows us to do field work on site and do hands on Biology activities.
Younger students have six Science lessons a week with a Science specialist. They follow the national curriculum and the lessons are topic based with assessments once a term. We run a CREST award for KS3 which is a nationally recognised certification for STEM. A number of children are trained Science Ambassadors and spend some time helping younger children to learn about Science and in doing so strengthen their own knowledge and understanding.
Key stage four students study Combined Science: Trilogy (AQA specification) and will gain two GCSE grades for Science. They have 9 lessons of Science each week where they complete a combination of practical and theory lessons. Key stage four students are offered Grade booster sessions to support their GCSE learning.
To complement class work, excursions are organised for each year group to locations like The Science Museum, Wingham Wildlife Park, Rainham Marshes nature reserve, Thorpe Park, Greenwich Observatory, the Big Bang show and Science Live!. The Science department have also led two trips to Iceland in recent years. We run an annual Science Family evening where families can come and take part in Science activities.
The pass rate for Science in 2017 was 71%, which compares very favourably with the national average. Many of our students go on to study Science at sixth form.