Welcome to the Science & Technology Faculty.
As a Faculty we always aim to set work that will create independent learners by ensuring lessons promote collaboration, resourcefulness, resilience and reflective learners – We want to promote the attitude that ‘’when I get stuck it's not that I can't do it, it's just I can't do it yet!’’
We try to relate lessons to the ideas that shape our understanding of the world around us by promoting this through SMSC in our lessons.
We want to provide a science and technology curriculum that encourages passion and is compelling to our learners.
We are aware of the immense role that Science and Technology plays in society so we promote science and technology based professions and their gateway routes so that learners have an awareness of the exciting job opportunities that are available to them.
Science at Key stage 3, we have adopted the new Activate Science Scheme of Work designed to support every student on their journey through KS3 to KS4 success. Activate has been designed to spark students' curiosity in science, whilst gradually building the maths, literacy and working scientifically skills vital for success in the new GCSEs.
Technology at Key Stage 3, Food Technology, Resistant materials and Textiles are offered on a rotation ( 1 subject per term)
In addition we continue to tailor our Schemes of Work and lesson plans and resources to match the needs of our learners. We promote the use of scientific enquiry and encourage learners to solve problems and critically evaluate methods and claims. Practical work in both science and technology offers the opportunity for pupils to gain the experience of using equipment, whilst the investigations we carry out require our learners to develop a higher level of cognitive thinking.
Technology at KS4 Beginning in Year 9 students can choose WJEC GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition as an option, as well as the option to take courses in Cake Decorating at either level 1 or 2 through after school provision.
Science at KS4 Year 11 are following the OCR board’s syllabus for GCSE Science Gateway B and Additional Gateway B and we offer Triple Science as an option for those students who want to follow a broader programme of study in the single sciences. These courses offer opportunities for all students to succeed at GCSE and we support different levels of entry at Higher and Foundation tier.
The remainder of KS4 (year 9 and 10) have started the new AQA Trilogy GCSE course again Triple Science is as an option for those students who want to follow a broader programme of study in the single sciences
Science at KS5 We are currently running AQA A level Biology at Key Stage 5 which is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. It offers teachers and students freedom, creativity and opportunity for independent progression from GCSE Science or Biology.
Ms L. Haigh
Head of Science and Technology
Miss L. Eyre
Teacher of Technology
Mrs C. Lee
Teacher of Science
Mr R. White
Teacher of Science
Mrs K. Wickers
Teacher of Science
Miss L. Bell
Science Laboratory Technician
Mrs C. Cave
Food Technology technician , Cake Decoration Tutor
Our expectations within the classroom environment include having an open mind, a willingness to meet challenges and working hard.
Practically, we expect students to be equipped with a pen, pencil, ruler, rubber and for KS4 science a scientific calculator is valuable.
Food Technology : It is an expectation that Ingredients for practical lessons are brought from home for each lesson.
We set homework according to the school homework timetable. We provide a number of opportunities for assessment at both Key stages and regularly monitor progress and attainment and provide intervention whenever required.
A level Biology
Biology is the scientific study of life. We are living things ourselves so biology is about us too! Discovering how the body works and fits in with other living things is fascinating – hopefully students already enjoy this aspect of biology.
During the A level course, there will be the chance to investigate more deeply into why things are the way they are. It can be very satisfying to really grasp the more difficult concepts and the links between them.
Most of us enjoy a good medical story and so much of biology is about the human body – how it works, its health and diseases. If the preference is for more up-to-date, technological topics, A level biology covers cutting edge issues too. These can include DNA technology, which can even make news headlines!
However if students are more hands-on, then Biology at A level is also very much about seeing and doing with Required Practicals carried out throughout the course.
If you have any questions for us, as a team, get in touch through the website!
We have interventions, school trips and revision sessions running throughout the year to enhance the Science and Technology experience – make sure you get involved!
Scheme of Work
AS Biology Spec