SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

Science

Head of Department - Mr Garland
B Garland Lloyd James web James Seddonweb Lisa Beatty web
Mr Garland

Mr James
Science KS4 Coordinator
Mr Seddon
Science KS3 Coordinator
Mrs Beatty
Head of Year 8
Kirsty Smith web kelly Woodburn web claire Hooleyweb Vicky Mooreweb
Mrs Smith
Head of Year 9
Mrs Woodburn
Head of PSHCE
Mrs Hooley Mrs Moore
Felicity Gray web Georgina Prestonweb Jeanette Barnes web Lynne Carterweb
Mrs Gray Dr Preston Ms Barnes Mrs Carter
Frances Jonesweb Sian Combenweb Ellie Carden Lovellweb  
Mrs Jones Mrs Comben Miss Carden-Lovell  

 

Subject Overview:

Key Stage 3
Excitement and engagement to promote awe and wonder is the focus of our KS3 science curriculum.  We want students to develop their love of science which they bring from KS2 and home and become the best scientists that they can be.  Our curriculum is based around practical investigations, in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and ‘finding things out for yourself’.  Through this practical approach we hope to encourage and nurture the next generation of Doctors, Nurses, Vets, Nuclear Scientists, Rocket Scientists, Brain Surgeons, Ecologists and Palaeontologists, on the next step of their scientific Journey.  Alternatively, we will strive for all students to have a better appreciation, and understanding, of the world around them. As a more rounded and informed citizen we would expect students to use their understanding of science to make more informed judgements and to form robust opinions on the world that they live in.

Key Stage 4
Based on the national curriculum for science we strive for our KS4 science students to develop deeper thinking and to ask more and more questions of the world around them.  Building on the breadth of knowledge from KS3 we focus in depth on key topics in order to maximise success for students.

Building on the practical skills from KS3 students will continue to hone these through a range of ‘required practicals’.  Focusing on recording, researching, concluding, analysing and evaluating students will build a repertoire of approaches to first-hand experience and investigation in order to experience the world around them.

We will also coach students to de-compartmentalise subjects highlighting the links between science, history, art, maths, D.T. and English will help students to create the wider cognitive links needed to be successful at GCSE and beyond.

Key Stage 5
Whether students have a track record of excellence or simply want to carry a passion for science into the next chapter of their education we have a pathway for all.

  • A level Biology
  • A level Chemistry
  • A level Physics
  • Applied Science BTEC Level 3
  • Health and Social Care BTEC Level 3

We keep our KS5 rooted to experiencing the real world whether it be a trip to CERN to see the large Hadron Collider, a beach in Wales to carry out sampling, talking to patients about their experiences of the national health, or maybe using facilities at Oxford University to test chemical purity or extract DNA, we aim to enrich students’ knowledge and experience.
We require students to build on all the practical skills and techniques acquired throughout their previous study.  The A levels are now heavily built around the concept of ‘Common Practical Assessment Criteria’ and gaining endorsement for this is a key feature of the course.
We promote the study of Science post A level and coach and support students in order for them to be as successful as possible in securing a footing on the next step of their scientific journey.  We nurture the skills needed by our students for University and their careers beyond.

Facility/Equipment
Students at The Cottesloe School benefit from access to eight fully equipped science laboratories.  The Science department also has its own ICT facilities.  We also have a large central prep room which is staffed by a team of technicians.

Exams/Qualifications: 

Key Stage 4
Double Science GCSE - The students will take six 1 hour and 15 minute papers with each being work 16.7% of the final grade. There will be two papers from each discipline (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics).

Assessment

Examination Board

Number of Options

GCSE Equivalent

16.7% Examination B1
16.7% Examination B2
16.7% Examination C1
16.7% Examination C2
16.7% Examination P1
16.7% Examination P2

AQA

Compulsory

2

Separate Science GCSE
Students will complete two 1 hour and 45 minute exams for each subject (six exams in total).

Assessment

Examination Board

Number of Options

GCSE Equivalent

50% Examination Paper1 +
50% Examination Paper2
(for each of the GCSEs)

AQA

Compulsory

3


Exam board: AQA

Skills developed (higher education or career prospects)
Science will help all students develop in the following areas:

Practical Skills:

  • Develops observational skills.
  • Develops manual dexterity through experimental work.
  • Develops coordination and concentration.

Study Skills:

  • Develops analytical skills in dealing with raw and processed data.
  • Develops writing styles and vocabulary through scientific reporting and projects.
  • Promotes awareness of the environment and the world around us

These skills are, of course, transferable to other disciplines beyond the ‘umbrella’ of science. Double Science GCSE and the separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs are well recognised by employers and will help students to progress into a number of careers or courses either related to science (vet, doctor, nurse, chemist, childcare, forensics etc) or in other areas.

Extra-Curricular Activities/ Trips that you provide:

The Science Department offers a range of trips and activities to students these usually include:

  • CERN Trip
  • Field Studies Trips
  • University visits
  • Science competitions
  • Seminars and Conferences

We also have several well established science clubs/interventions which are well attended.

Books or Equipment recommended/required:
Scientific Calculator and normal pencil case equipment. Students should have revision books for each subject (available from the School Shop) to help their preparation for end of year and terminal exams.