Science

Head of Science:
Mr Graham King
Teacher of Science and Faculty Coach :
Mr Ross Robinson
Teacher of Science / Head of Sherborne House:
Mr Tristen George
Team Leader KS4/5 Science:
Mr Simon Cooke
Teacher of Science / Head of Burrows House:
Mrs Rasa Bagdoniene
Teacher of Science:
Mr Keith Ellis
Teacher of Science:
Mrs Rebecca Green
Teacher of Science:
Dr Simon Hawkes
Teacher of Science:
Mr Mark Hunter
Teacher of Science:
Mrs Dee Jackson
Teacher of Science:
Mrs Clare Jones
Teacher of Science:
Mrs Tracey Marchant
Teacher of Science:
Mr Sam Roe
Teacher of Science:
Mrs Jane Tyler
Teacher of Science / Deputy Headteacher:
Mr Stuart White

Bishop Luffa Science Faculty Mission Statement

The Science Faculty aims to help pupils and students to become knowledgeable, scientifically literate, and technologically capable problem solvers.

We foster a spirit of inquiry, nurture our students’ curiosity and aim for all to have an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science.

We bring in current, relevant and real-world science into the classroom, to allow our pupils and students to become educated citizens capable of engaging in public discussions, comprehending and analysing global issues.

All teachers teach an integrated Science curriculum in Key Stage 3, and each has a specialism that they teach in Key Stage 4 and the Sixth Form.

Key Stage 3

hi.res .print YR 7 science 6 300x200In Year 7, pupils are taught science for 6 periods a fortnight and all classes are mixed ability. In Year 8 students are again taught in mixed ability groups for 6 periods a fortnight. In year 9, there are 7 periods a fortnight. The most able scientists are placed in 4 groups, with the remainder of pupils taught in mixed ability sets.

Science is taught using a detailed scheme of work, written specifically for Bishop Luffa pupils, based on the national curriculum programme of study for KS3 science. The scientific content of the KS3 scheme of work includes:

  • Energy, electricity and forces
  • Chemical and material behaviour
  • Organisms, behaviour and health
  • The environment, earth and the universe

This content is divided into a number of short topics, normally 4 per term. In addition to the scientific content, pupils are taught a number of key concepts and processes. These include:

  • Scientific thinking
  • Using scientific models to explain phenomena and creative thinking to develop these models to generate and test theories
  • Critically analyse and evaluate data from experimentation and observations
  • The applications and implications of science, including technological development and the ethical implications of applying scientific discoveries
  • Cultural understanding and the collaborative approach to the work of scientists

The scheme of work places a large emphasis on “how science works”, where pupils cover the key process of the scientific method, which include:

  • Practical and enquiry skills
  • Critically understanding evidence
  • Methods of communicating scientific data and issues

KS3 Science Steps

Key Stage 4

We have two pathways for KS4 Science. Both pathways are available in Foundation and Higher tiers and so cater to a wide range of pupil ability. Teaching is differentiated to ensure that all of our pupils are supported on their journey through GCSE Science.

Combined Science

Why study Combined Science?

Studying science provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. You are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

Studying science enables you to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help you to answer scientific questions about the world around you
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
  • develop your ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively

All students study science at KS4 and although some with a particular aptitude for science opt to take Triple Science, most take Combined Science. AQA’s new Combined Science: Trilogy is a double award; students will be awarded two grades at the end of the two year course.

Outline of syllabus content

You will study topics in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. These topics are studied by all students including those opting for Triple Science. However, students taking Combined Science study less content. You also develop your understanding of “Working scientifically” in each of the three subject areas. Despite the reduced content, Combined Science is a perfectly good preparation for students intending to take a Science subject at A level.

Assessment

Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 11. There are two 1 hour 15 minute papers for each of the three science subject areas, each covers specified topics and is worth 16.7% of the GCSE.

“Working scientifically” is the sum of all the activities that scientists do. These important ideas are assessed on all the written papers in addition to the content set out in the specification. There is no Controlled Assessment.

Triple Science

Why study Triple Science?

Studying science provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. You are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

Studying science enables you to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiries that help you to answer scientific questions about the world around you
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other learning environments
  • develop your ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

All students study science at KS4, however, if you have shown an aptitude for science, and you are currently working at 4M, you may opt to pursue Triple Science. Triple Science allows the keenest and most able students in Science to spend increased curriculum time on science by choosing to take science as an option subject. You will receive three separate GCSE grades, in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, at the end of the two years.

The benefits of triple science are:

  • it provides you with greater breadth of knowledge and skills, and hence is very good preparation for students choosing science subjects at A level (although it is not essential)
  • it provides the opportunity to study concepts covered in double award science in greater depth
  • students who have a strong interest in science will be able to broaden their range of scientific knowledge and processes across the three science disciplines

Outline of syllabus content

You study topics in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. These topics are studied by all students whether or not they opt for Triple Science. However, students who opt for Triple Science also learn further content and skills alongside these topics which is only applicable to those receiving separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. You also develop your understanding of “Working scientifically” in each of the three subjects. The increased scientific breadth of this pathway will be a big advantage to students intending to take Science subjects at A level (although it is not essential). As Triple Science is intended for the most able scientists, the Science Faculty will make the final decision as to the suitability of this course for each individual student.

Assessment

Assessment is by examination at the end of Year 11. There are two 1 hour 45 minute papers for each of the three science subjects, each covers specified topics and is worth 50% of the GCSE in that subject.

“Working scientifically” is the sum of all the activities that scientists do. These important ideas are assessed on all the written papers in addition to the content set out in the specification. There is no Controlled Assessment.

For further details on the exam specifications follow the links below:

GCSE Combined Science: Triology 8464

GCSE Biology

GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Physics