The science department believe in stimulating interest and enjoyment in Science and, in order to achieve this, subject content is delivered using a practical based approach enhanced with a wide range of activities.
Our key aims in science are:-
- To develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods.
- To acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.
- To acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning.
- To develop a specific understanding of sex education, healthy eating, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the dangers of drug use.
The Science department is a well-resourced department with three fully equipped subject specific laboratories. In Forms 1 and 2 Science is taught as an integrated subject and addresses the National Curriculum content for these years. In Form 3 Science is taught as three separate disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, by subject specialist teachers, again following National Curriculum content. Each discipline has one double lesson a week. In Form 4 pupils may opt to follow the three separate GCSE sciences, (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or alternatively follow the double science course (core and additional). The Science specifications used are administered by the AQA examinations group.
The topic areas studied in years 7 and 8 are:-
Cells Tissues Organs
Reversible and Irreversible Changes
Electricity and Magnetism
Particles in Action
Forces and Energy
Elements and Compounds
Light and Space
Heat and Sound
In year 9 students commence work on the GCSE specifications. The topics covered are common to whichever Science GCSE route they select. The choices at GCSE are to follow the three separate Sciences: – Biology, Chemistry and Physics or to follow the Trilogy course which is equivalent to two GCSEs and covers the same topic areas as the separate Sciences but in less depth.
The topic areas covered by both courses are:-
- Cell biology
- Infection and response
- Homeostasis and response
- Inheritance variation and evolution
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
- Quantitative chemistry
- Chemical changes
- Energy changes
- The rate and extent of chemical change
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical analysis
- Chemistry and the atmosphere
- Using resources
- Magnetism and electromagnetism
- Particle model of matter
- Atomic structure
- Space physics
The science department believe in stimulating pupils’ interest and enjoyment in Science, and in order to achieve this, subject content is delivered using a practical based approach enhanced with a wide range of activities, including the departments Interactive Whiteboards and the Internet.