The Science Department believe in stimulating curiosity and enjoyment in Science and the world around us. In order to achieve this, subject content is delivered using an investigation-based approach which incorporates a wide range of engaging practical activities.
Our key aims in Science are:-
The Science staff are all experienced teachers with a diverse range of scientific backgrounds including forensic science, geology, ecology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, pharmacology and genetics. We are all passionate about our subject and work hard to make science lessons engaging and exciting as well as effective in preparing our students for the future.
Science is taught across the five years using a mastery model of learning. Students learn about key topics in Science and revisit these topics often, deepening and expanding their understanding each time. In Form 1, students are introduced to the ten key topics within the science curriculum and begin to develop scientific skills that will allow them to enquire, investigate and report findings. In Form 2, students revisit the ten topics and learn about them in more details, as well as completing more challenging practical enquiry. From Form 3, Science is taught as three separate disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, by subject specialist teachers. Each discipline is delivered through two, one hour lessons each week.
Two pathways are offered in Science, the AQA Trilogy Combined Science GCSE which results in two GCSEs or the AQA Separate Science GCSEs which results in three distinct GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The Science curriculum is enhanced with many opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. Trips are run to Marwell Zoo, to study conservation biology and to London to attend the annual GCSE Science Live lecture. Students also take part in the Royal Society of Biology ‘Biology Challenge’ and the Go4SET challenge, in both of which we have enjoyed great success.
Science at Ditcham Park is very well resourced. Pupils have access to three fully equipped laboratories and regularly updated scientific equipment. The innovative use of, for example, mini ripple tanks, laser ray boxes, and Pasco wireless dataloggers demonstrates the department’s commitment to providing pupils with the latest technology. Learning is further enhanced through the use of iPads, Google Classroom, Google Expeditions, and interactive whiteboards. This, together with access to a suite of support software such as Kerboodle, My GCSE Science, and Educake, ensures that quality independent learning and examination preparation can become routine.
A link to the AQA Syllabus can be found below: