Science

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2016/17

All pupils study Science throughout Years 7 to 11.  The proportion of time allotted to science increases from 10% in Year 7 to 20% for pupils in Key Stage 4. Students learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of

life.

In Years 7 and 8, our science curriculum links practical experience with scientific ideas, following the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought.  Pupils are taught the modules by a class science teacher and the Lancashire Assessment Model is used for assessment.

In Year 9, pupils have separate lessons of Life Science and Physical Science taught by staff specialising in each area. Preparation for externally examined KS4 courses starts in Year 9.

Our approach to science in the Years 10 and 11 is to maintain separate lessons in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, each taught by a specialist.  Pupils are placed in teaching groups based on ability and performance.  The groups become increasingly selective as the pupils move through the school.  Regular reviews of progress take place, so that there is ample opportunity for pupils to reach a higher level in their year group.

Our aim is to enable every pupil to reach the highest possible standard and for each pupil to achieve the best possible qualification in science by the time they reach sixteen.  We offer GCSE courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Combined Science.

Practical work accounts for a high proportion of subject time and all Science lessons are held in our well-equipped laboratories.

Science is a strong Sixth form area, with ‘A’ level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  We are proud that many pupils have gone on to science or science-related degree courses from our sixth form and thence to successful careers.

Useful Key Stage 3 websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/

https://login.vle.cleo.net.uk/login19/vle.baines.lancs.sch.uk

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/