Welcome to the Science Department
Meet Our Staff
- Mr P Stirling (Head of Department)
- Mrs J Smith (2nd)
- Mr D O'Hanlon
- Miss V Hawkins
- Mr R Porter
- Mrs M Dowdall
- Mrs S Woollam
- Mr P Lloyd
- Mr D Atherton
- Mr J Parker
- Mr J White
Aims and Objectives of the Department
The aim of the department is to give all students positive learning experiences in science so that they can demonstrate continuous progression and improvement and achieve their full potential. The objective is to enable learners to:
- Develop their knowledge and understanding of science;
- Develop their understanding of the effects of science and its applications to society;
- Develop their practical and analytical skills in science.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 pupils follow a varied scheme of work covering all 3 sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Year7, pupils work through a number of separate science units covering topics such as Working Scientifically, Forces, Reactions and Cells. In Year 8 pupils work to further extend their knowledge of science and embed the skills of scientific practical work. In Year 8 pupils study units like The Periodic Table, Electricity and Magnetism and Ecosystem Processes.
Key Stage 3 - Most Able
Pupils who have been identified as ‘most able’ are provided with a number of opportunities in science at Key Stage 3. There is an after school science club allowing pupils to develop a broader understanding of science and to engage in fun and motivational science experiments. There are also a number of trips available such as to Chester Zoo, Catalyst Science Museum in Widnes as well as visits to the University of Liverpool.
Key Stage 4
In Year 9 all pupils follow the new AQA combined science course which leads to two GCSE’s covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Assessment is by external examination. Students will study topics including:
- Biology: Cell Biology, Organisation, Bioenergetics, Infection and response, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology, Evolution, Environment, Cells, Enzymes, and Homeostasis.
- Chemistry : Atomic Structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical changes. Energy changes, Products from rocks and oils, Earth and Atmosphere, Structure and Bonding, Rates of Reaction.
- Physics: Energy, Electricity, The particle model, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism, the motor effect and Space physics, Energy and energy resources, Radiation and the Universe, Motion, Electricity and Nuclear Physics.
This course will be examined at the end of Year 11.
Key Stage 4 - Most Able
At Key Stage 4 our approach involves stretching the most able pupils further through consistent use of higher level questions and questioning. Pupils are offered extra revision after school as part of the year 11 rolling programme. ‘Most able’ pupils will be supported throughout Key Stage 4 through targeted intervention by means of regular after school booster sessions and revision skills sessions. Also the students are involved in a range of activities provided by the University of Liverpool.
Key Stage 5
A-Level Biology – This two year course from AQA covers a wide variety of biological concepts. A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. A-level Biology builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course.
A-Level Chemistry – This two year course from AQA covers a wide variety of skills and knowledge. A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. Following on from GCSE Science, this specification offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and the opportunity for independent progression in Science.
A-Level Physics - A-level Physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental Science works and to study optional topics that particularly interest them – including Astrophysics, Medical Physics and Applied Physics. A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the Physics GCSE and is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course.
BTEC Applied Science - This BTEC National Award is a two year course equivalent to one A level grade A-E. It is designed to give learners the knowledge, understanding and technical skills to prepare them for employment in a Science laboratory or to continue their study in higher education. Students need to have a commitment to hard work as the grading is through continuous assessment and examinations.
Key Stage 5 - Most Able
Pupils at Key Stage 5 are already high achievers in science and have been well prepared for the rigours of the A-Level courses in all 3 subjects. Our approach here is to stretch pupils as much as possible through targeted intervention, regular after school booster sessions and exam skills sessions. Trips for 'Most able' pupils include:
- Ogden Trust trips to CERN in Switzerland
- National Space Academy in Leicester
- A level master classes at the University of Liverpool
- University of Liverpool Medics Programme
- Relevant work experience.
- University of Liverpool Scholars programme.
Homework / After School
Each teaching group receives at least one homework per week. Homework activities include the following:
- Worksheets based on examination questions
- Project work
- Motivational Activities
- School trip - Ogden Trust trips to Cern in Switzerland
- School trip - National Space Academy in Leicester
- A level Chemistry a Physics master classes at the University of Liverpool
- KS3 Biology trip to Chester Zoo
- KS3 trip to Catalyst Science Museum in Widnes
- KS3 Science Club on Wednesdays
- KS4 Science Live GCSE lectures at Manchester University – speakers included Jim Al-Khalili and Professor Robert Winston
- KS4 – A Level transition event at University of Liverpool
- Year 7 Enrichment activities including; Creepy Crawlies Show, Space Dome Planetarium, Rocket Workshop, Starchaser Workshop, Engineering Competition
- Year 10 A level Science taster day
- Year 11 Science intervention and revision sessions
- KS5 Science intervention and revision sessions