Science

Welcome to Our Science Department

Who We Are

Dr A Eagle – Director of Science
Dr K Grazier
Mrs C Loveday
Mr S Oxley
Mrs V Foster
Mrs S Britton
Mrs S Russo
Miss S Athwal
Miss K Smith
Miss J Speight

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 start with a Science skills unit before embarking on a two year scheme of work covering the National Curriculum, using the Activate resources, in a rota in which they cover three or four units per term. At the end of each term the students are tested on everything covered up to that point.

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Yr 7

Tissues & Organs

Reproduction

Classification

Ecology

Acids & Alkalis

Basic Reactions

Particle Theory

Earth Materials

Energy

Electric circuits

Forces

Solar System

Yr 8

Food

Respiration

Disease

Evolution

Salts & Water

Metals

Materials

Rocks & Earth

Forces & Transport

Heat

Light

Sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We offer several opportunities for KS3 students (including G&T) to enjoy and experience Science outside the classroom including a Year 7 Science Fair project; visits to places such as Winchester Science Centre, local STEM events and Reading University; and competitions such as the Faraday Challenge and the Salters Festival. Students can also participate in the CREST award scheme run as a club after school.

Key Stage 4

Students start their GCSE Science course in Year 9, following an introductory unit in which they learn about “How Science Works” and skills about thinking, planning and analysing. The students follow the AQA Science GCSE with set 1 taking the Triple Award course and other sets taking the Combined Award course. Students are taught by specialists in their subject from Year 9. STEM events and visits are offered to those interested or to AG&T students. The faculty has a strong record in uptake of Science subjects at A’ Level, and is a reflection of the quality of teaching.

The course consists of the following major units, broken into smaller topics within:

 Biology

Cells and Organisation, Disease & bioenergetics, Biological responses, Genetics and reproduction, Ecology

Chemistry

Atoms, bonding & moles, Chemical reactions & energy changes, Rates, equilibrium and organic, Analysis & the Earth's resources

Physics

Energy and energy resources, Particles at work, Forces in action, Waves, electromagnets & space

Post 16


We follow the OCR GCE Advanced Level courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Students in Year 12 usually have two teachers per subject and a total of 10 lessons per fortnight, whilst in Year 13 this becomes 9 lessons per fortnight. We have strong links to Reading University and, in certain topics, students are able to visit here and use their facilities. Students achieve highly and are helped by experienced teachers who are also able to give advice about career prospects and university courses using these subject qualifications.

 

September 2017