Science

Subject Overview

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

Pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

Homework/ Assessment

The attainment of Key Stage 3 pupils is assessed through end of topic tests, factual recall tests and on line homework activities.

The attainment of Key Stage 4 pupils is assessed through end of topic tests, factual recall tests and on line homework activities. Full GCSE past papers are used to assess progress at regular intervals throughout the year.

 

Online Resources

Key Stage 3

As well as completing homework assessment tasks online, pupils have access to digital versions of the Activate science book produced by Oxford University Press. The Year 7, 8 and 9 books are available to all Key Stage 3 pupils and can be accessed at any time for consolidation, revision and review. The digital books are acknowledged to be very high quality resources and provide excellent support for independent study.

Key Stage 4

As well as completing homework assessment tasks online, pupils have access to digital physics, chemistry and biology books produced by Pearson Longman. This resource can be accessed at any time for consolidation, revision and review. The digital books are acknowledged to be very high quality resources and provide excellent support for independent study.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Pupils enjoy a wide range of activities outside normal classroom lessons. Teams compete in competitions such as the RSC’s ‘Chemquiz’ and the Salter’s challenge. Pupils regularly participate in science based activities e.g. visits to Manchester University, Chester Zoo, the Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. Pupils are given the opportunity to visit a range of prestigious universities in conjunction with the Salters’ Chemistry Camp scheme.

Key Stage 3 Science Curriculum
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Key Stage 4 Science Curriculum
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