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  • Ms C Carlin (Head of Department)
  • Mr E McClymont (Lead Practitioner for Science)  
  • Miss C Winder (Head of Year 7 and Science Teacher)                                               
  • Mr M McFadyen (Science Teacher)
  • Mrs S Mooney  ( Science Teacher)
  • Ms J Sharp - Higgins ( Science Teacher)
  • Mr B Betts ( Science Teacher)
  • Mr T Kaye (Science teacher)
  • Mr T Parsons (Science Teacher)
  • Mr A Aggrey (Science Teacher) 
  • Mrs D Najjemba ( Chief Science Technician)
  • Mr D Cobbinah (Science Technician) 

Our community is able to explore the importance of science in our world and encourage a lifelong passion for science.

Pupils should be able to:

  • Interpret and evaluate information
  • Make informed judgements about the social and ethical impacts of science
  • Apply knowledge of scientific processes to develop an understanding of the world around them
  • Effectively problem solve using the scientific method
  • Develop numeracy and literacy skill in the context of science.

Science at Key Stage 3

KS3 Science is taught over two years and as one subject through the Exploring Science teaching scheme. All three main disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) are given equal time. Students receive four double lessons per fortnight in science for Year 7 and year 8. These lessons are a combination of practical and theory lessons, with regular activities to support student learning and attainment. Assessing without level tasks and tests provide quantitative data to support the tracking of students, to ensure that all students make good or better progress. Context drives our syllabus, helping to relate science to real-life concepts and experiences. A significant amount of homework is given as online tasks.

For a full list of topics that are covered please see the topic overview. 

Science at Key Stage 4

Science is compulsory at KS4. Students are taught either Separate Sciences or Combined Science GCSEs, which will be delivered over three years, enabling extensive opportunity to explore these subjects in depth.  Science is strong at Bonus with Triple Science being delivered by experienced subject specialists teaching all lessons.  Alternatively, students study a double award option, gaining GCSE Combined Science to give them 2 GCSEs. Whichever route the students take there are plenty of opportunities for extra-curricular learning.

The exam board link for our Edexcel GCSE Sciences specifications is below:

Edexcel

Resources

The Science Department has 4 purpose-built science laboratories, one science classroom and nine specialist science teachers who all teach their specialism at Key Stage 4. We also have two dedicated technicians who provide us with the practical work that is crucial to helping children develop an understanding of the processes and theories in the subject. Each room is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and we also have a set of laptops to allow technology to impact in a positive way on the learning experiences of pupils.

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

The department runs weekly and very well attended after school club Science Club and Robotics Club on Wednesdays for Year 7 and 8 pupils. These clubs are fun and exciting, allowing all involved to explore science in innovative and inventive ways outside the curriculum. Year 9 and 10 students who are interested in taking science beyond KS4 attend regular outreach trips to Dulwich College to experience fun science outside the curriculum.

 For more details please email the Head of Department

 

GCSE Science

Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics or Combined Science
Qualification:  GCSE
Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel
Tiers of Entry:  Separate sciences (H)/
Combined Science (double) H / F

The aims of the course are to encourage and enable students to develop inquiring minds and curiosity about science and the natural world.

We also embolden our students to acquire knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills to solve problems and make informed decisions in scientific and other contexts. We inspire students to think analytically, critically, and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make decisions in scientific and other contexts.

Course Content and Assessment: 

Biology Paper 1 Biology Paper 2
Key concepts in Biology Key concepts in Biology
Cells and control Plant structures and their functions
Genetics Animal coordination, control and
homeostasis
Natural selection and genetic
modification
Exchange and transport in animals
Health, disease, and development of
medicines
Ecosystems and material cycles
Due to the nature of the criteria, the content for Combined Science and for separate Biology is intertwined. The nine topics we have for Combined Science are the same nine topics we have for separate Biology. There is additional content which goes into more depth within each of those topics to cover the additional material required for separate science
 
Chemistry Paper 1 Chemistry paper 2
Key concepts in Chemistry Key concepts in Chemistry
States and matter and mixtures Groups in the periodic table
Chemical changes (acids and electrolytic
processes)
Rates of reaction and energy changes
Extracting metals and equilibria Fuels and Earth science
*Separate Chemistry 1 (transition metals, quantitative analysis, dynamic
equilibria, chemical cells and fuel cells)
*Separate Chemistry 2 (qualitative analysis, hydrocarbons, polymers, alcohols and carboxylic acids, bulk and surface properties of matter including
nanoparticles)
*Separate Chemistry only
 
Physics Paper 1 Physics Paper 2
Key concepts in Physics Key concepts in Physics
Motion and forces Energy – forces doing work
Conservation of energy Forces and their effects
Waves Electricity and circuits
Light and the electromagnetic spectrum Static electricity*
Radioactivity Magnetism and the motor effect
Astronomy* Electromagnetic induction
  Forces and matter
*Separate Physics only. For some topics, the content split is the same across Combined Science and separate Physics but Physics students will study the topic in more depth. However, some topics (indicated by an asterisk) are only taught in the separate Physics GCSE

 The exam board link for our Edexcel GCSE Sciences specifications is below:

Edexcel GCSE Sciences

Homework:

Homework for all years is given once a week. The homework takes the form of a three-week cycle. Two homework assignments should be written and one homework is online. The nature and subject of the homework become deeper as the years develop. The electronic homework is given via Educake.

Educake

Revision:

For GCSE Combined Science

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science (Foundation or Higher) Revision Guide
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science (Foundation or Higher) Revision Workbook

For Separate Sciences

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology Higher Revision Guide
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology Higher Revision Workbook
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Higher Revision Guide
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Higher Revision Workbook
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physics Higher Revision Guide
  • Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physics Higher Revision Workbook

Please note if you are in receipt of, or have recently been in the receipt, of Free School Meals, these resources will be provided for free.

All years have access to electronic versions of textbooks used in lessons. Your child will be given log in details and will access the resources via the following website

Active Teach Online

Your child will also be given log in details which enable them to access online formative assessments and homework using Educake.

Educake

Progression:

Students may progress to study Biology, Chemistry, or Physics A level if they obtain a good GCSE grade.  Other options might include the International Baccalaureate (IB) or even an Apprenticeship where you work for an employer and train to do a specific job at the same time.

Careers:

The career opportunities related to science are numerous and wide-ranging; both within and outside the field of science. Here are a few top paying science-related ones:

  • Environmental scientists
  • Hydrologists
  • Geoscientists
  • Medical scientists
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Atmospheric scientists
  • Materials scientists
  • Physicists
  • Astronomers
  • Biological scientists
  • Education 

Latest Science Department News

Robotics Club:

Robotics club is a weekly opportunity for members to build, operate, and programme their own robots using specialist kits which put science and maths skills into practice. Working in teams, students have a range of design options to choose from while learning how to use coding software to control their creations. Robotics club is a unique way for students to get hands on with STEM subjects, develop problem solving skills, and is a great chance to see their ideas coming to life.

Robotics Club

Subject Documents Date  
GCSE Science Overview 22nd Jun 2020 Download

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