Science

Subject Leader: Mr C Smith

Vision / Intent:

The vision of the Science department is to make learning about the world in which we live fun, active and thought-provoking. The aim is to deliver this through practically-driven lessons that challenge, enthuse and engage all pupils.

We enjoy teaching a subject that presents pupils with many opportunities for collaboration and independent work in each of the varied units taught. We enjoy setting practical challenges, using the latest interactive technology and engaging discovery tasks to build curiosity and a love of learning. We consider ourselves a supportive, fun and enthusiastic team that will inspire pupils to think more deeply about the world around us.

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Approach / Philosophy / Implementation:

Science is an important subject that improves the quality of lives and increases the readiness to face challenges of the future. It is a subject that many future careers are built on and we understand Middle School years are a time to inspire and enthuse pupils to question their career choices and dreams for adulthood. We also know that encouraging pupils to develop enquiring minds that question and challenge is vital for future success at Upper School and the challenges of GCSE. In support of this, we provide a stimulating, practical curriculum at both key stage 2 and 3 that balances practical experience and theory. The 3 disciplines: biology, chemistry and physics are all incorporated into units of work at both key stages. We are fortunate in having an experienced team of specialist science teachers with a whole host of strategies to enthuse, encourage and nurture all pupils from those who need stretching to those who need support. To aid pupils' learning we have a wide range of scientific practical resources, a bank of iPads and well stocked laboratories used daily by our dedicated team. We plan educational visits to places such as the Big Bang Fair and Nissan R&D facilities and are always on the lookout for new opportunities and places to visit that will enhance and support our curriculum.

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Department Members

  • Mr C Smith                    Science Subject Leader
  • Mrs H Donnellan         Deputy Headteacher/Science Teacher
  • Mrs J Austin                  Science Teacher
  • Mrs R Sheppard          Science Teacher/Maths Teacher
  • Miss A Blissett             Science Teacher
  • Mrs S Walker               Science Teacher/Support

Topic Overviews 2019-20:

Year 5

  • Introduction to Middle School Science
  • Properties and changes of materials
  • Changes of state
  • The water cycle
  • Earth and Space
  • Forces
  • Life Processes
  • Plant life cycles

Year 6

  • 'Working Scientifically' practical project.
  • Animals including humans
  • Keeping Healthy
  • Electricity
  • Light
  • Evolution and inheritance
  • Adaptation
  • Animal lifecycles
  • Using keys

Year 7

  • Cells
  • Structure and function of the human body.
  • Reproduction
  • Particles and their behaviour.
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Forces and their effects
  • Space
  • Sound and waves
  • Light

Year 8

  • Health and lifestyle
  • Ecosystems
  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • Periodic Table
  • Separation Techniques
  • Reactions
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure