Introduction to Science

Science

Department Staff

Mr J Murray – Subject Leader

Mr A Tilley – Assistant Head and Teacher

Miss J Debenham – Teaching Assistant and Technician

 

Key Stage 3:

Overview

At Southbrook, all pupils receive two discreet lessons a week of Science. We encourage all children to enjoy and participate fully in science lessons with an emphasis on developing analytic thinking and practical skills whilst expanding pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills.

As we explore the three major disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, we aim, using practical activities whenever possible, to foster a lasting interest and a growing understanding and curiosity of the natural and physical sciences along with an appreciation of our impact as humans on the world around us.

 

What will I Learn?

  • How to work safely whilst using a range of laboratory equipment

  • How to work in a team and value the contribution of other pupils

  • To develop an understanding of the scientific method

  • To develop a growing understanding of the basic principles of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

  • To develop a growing understanding of how science impacts our everyday lives and of how we as humans impact upon our environment.

 

Key Stage 4:

Overview

At KS4 pupils work towards an entry level accreditation which they can access as a single or double award depending on ability and the amount of individual curriculum time available.   We also offer AQA Unitary Award Certification to pupils who are unable to complete an Entry Level accreditation. The Unit Award Scheme offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate issued by AQA each time a short unit is successfully completed.

Pupils also get the opportunity to complete AQA unit awards in IT and Computing. The Unit Award Scheme offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate issued by AQA each time a short unit is successfully completed.

 

Assessment details

Through KS3 and KS4 ongoing informal (not tested) assessment helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that may need further work.

Through KS3, formal assessment is undertaken at the end of each topic studied. These assessments are used to plot a pupil’s level of understanding and progression through Yrs. 7-9

During KS4 assessment takes the form of externally set module assessments. Practical assessments are internally devised but marked according to externally set criterion.

AQA unit awards are assessed by the class teacher. Pupils need to demonstrate that they can complete each outcome by producing a portfolio of work.

 

Key Words

In order to further develop and encourage understanding, each pupil is given a set of topic specific Key Words which is inserted at the beginning of the module into their work books and to which they are encouraged to refer.

These Key Words are also posted on the school web site so parents can, if they wish, access them and help develop their children’s ‘Scientific Literacy’

 

Please see the list of key words for Science at the bottom of this page.