'Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less' Marie Curie
We recognise young people naturally marvel about the world and question unexplainable phenomena around them. Our vision is to harness this awe and wonder so that students form hypotheses; instilling an intrinsic hunger for knowledge and enquiry. Students work scientifically to test theories and predictions as they get set to become the next generation of world class scientists, engineers and medical professionals!
Year 7 begin their journey discovering what being a scientist truly means in every sense of the word. They begin to uncover just how fascinating the human body is and study our beautiful planet and the universe we exist in. They also look down the lens of the microscopic world of atoms and micro-organisms and get to grips with Robert Bunsen's burner!
Year 8 unwrap the discoveries of Dmitri Mendeleev and Michael Faraday and reflect on how the modern world has been shaped by their ground-breaking work. Our budding scientists develop an appreciation of the true extent of interdependence of life on our planet and ponder the awesome power of plants upon our existence. Students unpick the age-old mysteries; What is energy? Where does it come from? Where does it go? Year 8 go out with a 'BANG' as they investigate the reactivity of metals and their uses.
Year 9 accompany Charles Darwin on his famous ship; The Beagle on a voyage around the Galapagos Islands, recording variations within species such as finches, tortoises. Will their deductions help them to solve the ultimate question of why giraffes have long necks? Next, students face the inconvenient truth behind climate change, can they save the planet before it's too late? Myth busting is next as we consider the 'facts' about current and ethical issues such as mobile technology and the use of stem cells in cloning. The finale of this chapter sees year 9 making waves as they get hands on with ripple tanks.
Key Stage 4
'The important thing is to never stop questioning' Albert Einstein
Year 10 is the start of the 2 year GCSE voyage. Our curriculum is specifically tailored to ensure our students achieve their full potential in examinations set by AQA. Click here to see the exam board's website.
The examinations taken include:
Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes long for Separate Sciences and 1 hour 10 minutes long for Trilogy
The examined elements for each paper can be found by clicking the hyperlinks above for separate sciences (Individual subjects) and for trilogy (combined science) click Trilogy
British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital
Throughout our 5 year science journey we encounter endless opportunities to enrich our students' experiences of the world around them, from spending nights in a museum, visiting professional laboratories to witnessing the Aurora Borealis in Iceland first hand.
Students develop a true understanding of how international collaboration stands at the heart of historical and modern science, for example, our knowledge of the atom can be traced back through generations, from the ancient Greeks to the thousands of scientists working at CERN.
Ethical dilemmas are debated such as cloning, use of medicinal cannabis, organ donations, locations of nuclear power stations and use of nuclear fuel. The difficult decisions that lie ahead of us when considering our rising population and saving our natural resources. Our students are in no doubt about the impact of man and how our survival as a race on earth depends on them.