Science

Subject specialists deliver the science curriculum in exciting and varied ways to ensure that students develop a healthy curiosity for the world in which we live. Our fully-equipped science laboratories provide the perfect surroundings in which to learn, and we are also fortunate to have the outdoor learning environment of our own school pond.

The hands-on nature of the subject is at its very heart, and our students enjoy an active role in all science lessons. Practical investigations are a key element of science and students are expected to plan methods, collect results, analyse patterns and evaluate procedures and evidence. These skills are developed throughout the student’s school career as we help them to grow into good scientists.

Group work is another essential activity students can expect to participate in. They will learn how scientists from other countries and disciplines collaborate to develop theories and solve problems. Topics are linked to relevant careers and topical news items to show students the relevance science has to their lives.

We encourage all students to become independent thinkers who can reflect on their own learning, and we take the time to demonstrate invaluable revision techniques to empower them to succeed further still. Students are encouraged to review their learning regularly. Developing effective revision skills is essential if students are to reach their full potential.

Key Stage 3

Students study science for 3 hours per week, covering biology, chemistry and physics topics. Numeracy and literacy skills are developed throughout the course. Students must learn equations off-by-heart, be able to read and plot graphs accurately and carry out calculations, for example. They must also be able to convert between units, such as from centimetres into metres. Excellent scientific vocabulary is essential if students are to explain themselves clearly.

Key Stage 4

We offer traditional GCSE science courses which allow for progression to A- Levels and beyond. Students study either double award or triple award science. In each case, students are taught 2 hours each of biology, chemistry and physics each week, totalling 6 hours of science. Numeracy and literacy skills become increasingly important as we prepare students for their external GCSE examinations at the end of the 2 year courses. Numeracy skill based questions make up to 30% of marks on an external exam paper. Practical skills are assessed on the external exam papers and are based on practical work carried out throughout the course. Good attendance becomes even more important as it is vital students do not miss experiencing these essential experimental techniques.

Enrichment

We offer many enrichment activities to offer breadth of knowledge and application each year. In recent years these have included visits to the Lancashire Science Festival, Young Physicist of the Year, Science & Technology Challenge Days at Newman College and a world record attempt for the longest human electrical circuit in conjunction with The One Show.

We regularly invite visitors into school and these have included activities such as Blackpool Zoo, The Creepy Crawly Roadshow and The Hovercraft Challenge. We currently have a cohort of Year 11 students studying GCSE Astronomy through our links with the Astronomy Centre based at Rossall. We run a Year 7 Science Club with help from our Year 11 Science Proctors.

Faculty Staff

Mrs L Tilbury Director of Science
Mrs K Grimmett Keystage 3 Coordinator for Science
Mr J Johnson Science Teacher
Mrs Z Fairhurst Science Teacher
Mrs N Woodruff Science Teacher
Mrs S Altham Science Teacher
Mrs S Farrar Science Teacher
Mr A Smith Science Teacher, Headteacher
Ms J Sedgwick Senior Science Technician
Miss H Crowther-Lobley Science Technician

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