Year 8 Science
The course is designed to ensure that pupils learn by ‘doing’. Every lesson involves some sort of active learning activity. Pupils are taught how to work safely in a Science lab and how to carry out fair scientific investigations. They learn about what Science is and why it is relevant to all of us.
The Year 8 Science course currently consists of 5 units:
- An introduction to Science.
- Science apparatus, measurement and experiments
- What’s out there?
- Where did we come from?
- What is the Earth made from?
Pupils also currently participate in the Stem Heroes Project; an initiative in which pupils research the lives of scientists from their local community. They learn that scientists are all around them, and that they too can have an interesting career that involves Science. They learn to appreciate that scientists aren’t always tucked away in labs with bubbling potions, white coats, crazy hair and glasses!
In Years 9 and 10 Teachers in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics departments work closely together to ensure that there is a coordinated approach to the delivery of Science content. A wide range of innovative teaching strategies are used to make learning interesting and effective. These courses are ideal preparation for pupils who must study at least one GCSE Science subject in Years 11 and 12.
All pupils and staff in the Science Department work in state of the art facilities. Our modern school has 9 laboratories, 4 preparatory rooms, a greenhouse and an educational garden.
We are lucky to have Mr G King and Mr C Hunter who support the work carried out by the Science Department.