Science

Welcome to The Snaith School Science Department.

‘Teaching in science and humanities shows many strengths through high expectations, strong questioning and the frequent opportunities teachers give pupils to explain their reasoning in verbal and written responses’ OFSTED 2017

‘At key stage 4, work in books reveals a picture of consistent progress, with frequent opportunities for pupils to apply their skills and knowledge’ OFSTED 2017

We aim to provide inclusive courses that will encourage pupil’s interest in science regardless of their ability and we are continually striving to add to the learning opportunities we offer our pupils. 

The department benefits from specialist teaching in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, meaning that pupils in KS4 have three teachers throughout their GCSE courses.  We have 6 specialist laboratories and one more general teaching room, as well as an outdoor learning area that allows pupils to investigate ecosystems.

Extra-curricular activities include visits to local Universities and STEM competitions.  Support is always available for pupils in preparation for examinations.  This can be on a one to one basis or in more formal revision sessions.

 

Key Stage 3 

Pupils follow a two year Key Stage 3 curriculum, which is designed to develop science knowledge and understanding as well as further developing investigative skills.  The curriculum is organised as follows.

Year 7:

Introductory module

Biology units (Cells, Body systems, Reproduction)

Chemistry units (Particles, Elements and compounds, Reactions)

Physics units (Forces, Sound, Light)

Year 8:

Biology units (Health, Ecosystems, Adaptation & Inheritance)

Chemistry units (Periodic table, Separation techniques, Metals, The Earth)

Physics units (Electricity, Energy, Motion)

We also have a GCSE bridging unit to prepare students for GCSE Students begin their GCSE studies in Year 9

Key Stage 4

Our aim is to ensure that pupils in Key Stage 4 have the best choice of Science courses so that they are well prepared to study a science based course post-16 should they wish.  All pupils who have the ability and interest complete separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at an accelerated rate during core science lessons. All other pupils complete GCSE Science A (core science) and GCSE Additional Science with more opportunities to revisit key concepts and consolidate understanding. We use the AQA suite of science courses.

Next Steps

All local colleges offer Science AS and A2 courses.  As well as Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses these include Applied Science courses.

 

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