Science & Technology Faculty

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.

 

Staff

 

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

Expectations

 

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

 

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.

Revision Links

 

         
   

Yr 11 GCSE Science

   

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/

   

Yr11 GCSE Past Papers

 www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/download-past-papers

 

    

Year 12 Biology - AQA Past paper and mark schemes for Year 1

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402/assessment-resources
   

Past exam papers for Catering (Current year 11): http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/qualification-resources.html?subject=hospitalityAndCatering&level=GCSE&pastpaper=true

   

Additional Information

 

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!

 

 

 

Resource Links

 

Technology

http://www.technologystudent.com/

Scheme of Work

 

GCSE Catering : http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/15996.pdf?language_id=1

GCSE Sciences

 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

 AS Biology Spec

 http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402