Subject Team

Mrs L Gilmore (Science & Chemistry) & HOD
Dr L Robinson (Science)
Mrs M McMurray (Biology)
Mrs R Sinton (Science & Physics)
Mrs S Greer (Science Technician)

Subject Overview

Here in the Science Department we have a desire to build a firm foundation of character and competence in all pupils.

It is a place where we are not afraid to work hard, persevere, show passion for learning new scientific things, take pride in our work, have good manners, be respectful, be honest, have empathy and be caring, considerate and courteous to our fellow pupils and staff.

It is a place where we will develop the core scientific competencies in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Working Scientifically. We will gain knowledge and understanding, interpret and apply what we know and work scientifically to develop laboratory techniques and skills, investigating and experimenting safely. We will collect and record data, report accurately and draw conclusions and make evaluations.

We will try and master these core competencies by having a ‘can do’ approach, being self-disciplined, working well together and being organised. We will have a strong work ethic and have optimism and hope that we can always achieve more than we first thought. We will take pride and celebrate the effort as well as the achievements we make.

It is a Department where we do not just settle for success with ambition and motivation to reach high academic and vocational results; but will strive for significance in developing our own character and our relationships with others

What You Will Learn

Topics covered in Year 8

  • Working Scientifically:
    • Safety and Apparatus
    • Measurement & Control
    • Table & Graph Work
    • Planning & Writing up Investigations
  • Cells & Microscopes
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Energy (Types of Energy, Energy Transfer and Energy Resources)
  • Forces

Topics covered in Year 9

  • Reproduction in Animals
  • Simple Chemical Reactions
  • Earth and Space
  • Respiration:
    • Lungs and Breathing
    • Heart and Circulation
    • Solutions (Particle Theory, States of Matter, Separating Techniques).
    • Food and Digestion
    • Plants and Photosynthesis

Topics covered in Year 10

  • Biology
    • Topic 1: Inheritance and Selection
    • Topic 2:  Environment and Feeding Relationships
  • Chemistry
    • Topic 1: Atoms & Elements,
    • Topic 2: Periodic Table and Reactivity Series
    • Topic 3: Molecules, Compounds and Mixtures
    • Topic 4: Structure of the Atom
  • Physics
    • Topic 1: Electricity and Magnetism
    • Topic 2: Sight and Sound

Careers Paths

STEM pathways (STEAM) – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (and/or ART)

Through studying Science, you will receive a broad knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.

From learning about the human body, to chemical equations to energy processes science is a subject that is hugely varied.

Whilst studying science you will develop your maths, data handling, research, practical and communication skills.

There is a vast array of scientific careers that are available to science students with many people following a career in research, medical, education, technology, or business job sectors.

As technology continues to change in the future there will always be a high demand for talented scientists.