Mr Miles – Head of Department
Mrs Nicholas – Second in Science/KS4 Coordinator
Mrs Marasco – Second in Science/KS3 Co-ordinator
Mrs Amankwah – Teacher of Science/Publicity
Mr Underwood – Teacher of Science/Sixth Form Progress Coordinator
Mr McAndrew – Teacher of Science/Publicity
Dr Perkins – Teacher of Science/ Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator
Mr Seeney – Teacher of Science
In Key Stage Three, students are taught through a thematic curriculum, which includes units such as CSI Newport and Olympics. Students develop their knowledge and understanding of fundamental scientific concepts and techniques whilst also refining the key skills needed by all scientists. Students develop skills such as planning, analysing and evaluating through a variety of interesting and relevant contexts within the themes, with a clear focus on practical work. Each of these cover multiple aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and allow opportunities to assess both scientific understanding and skills acquisition, whilst building foundations for Key Stage Four.
Students complete a two year study which will lead to at least two GCSE qualifications in one or more of the following: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics, GCSE Science (Double Award) and GCSE Applied Science (Double Award). They will develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, Science and will recognise its importance in their own lives and society. Students will develop scientific skills through topics such as ‘Digestion and the Digestive System in Humans’, ’The Rate of Chemical Change’ and ’Electric Circuits’. Over the course, all students will complete specified practical activities to develop a greater understanding of many topics and to enhance the experience and enjoyment of science.
A Level Biology provides a wide breadth of knowledge which touches on many varied aspects of a range of topics. These include the internal workings of organisms in physiology and the interdependence of living things in ecology, to social issues including human influence on the environment and the ethical considerations of genetics. The study of biology encourages an appreciation of these issues and their implications as well as providing an insight into the living world. It is intended that the use of a variety of approaches, including experimental work, research and modelling, will stimulate interest, promote understanding and engender an overall appreciation and sense of wonder at the living world.
In A Level Chemistry, students use experiments to help understand how and why chemical reactions occur. They learn about the measurements that chemists make and the accuracy that is required if a process is to be correctly understood in great enough detail. By the end of the course, students should have a greater appreciation of the role of chemistry, the contribution it makes to society and how it can give a Twenty First Century understanding of long held scientific principles and ideas.