Science and Environment

Staff List and Responsibilities

  • Mrs A Bowler – Learning Leader Science and Teacher of Science
  • Miss N Ghuffar – Deputy Learning Leader Science and Teacher of Science
  • Miss M Bowdell  – Teacher of Science
  • Mrs S Choudry - Teacher of Science
  • Mrs H Sheard - Teacher of Science 
  • Miss S Kelly  – Teacher of Science
  • Mr S Siddique - Teacher of Science
  • Mrs L Wicks - Teacher of Science  
  • Miss L Oates - Teacher of Science
  • Mrs D Butterworth - Senior Science Technician

Science

The overarching goal of the Science team at TOAN is to equip students with the resilience and perseverance to become inquisitive and independent thinkers and to use scientific models of enquiry within an ever-changing world.

 

In order to do this we have built a Science curriculum that will deepen scientific knowledge and develop the varied skills that will form the basis for success at KS3, KS4 and beyond. This includes science-specific knowledge, literacy, numeracy and investigative skills.

KS3

Yr 7

Pupils are introduced to the foundations of science knowledge and skills. We have created an exciting and interactive year that will provide the awe and wonder we want to inspire in our pupils. They will develop practical and investigative skills. The first unit of learning is chemistry and this will lead into learning the underpinning principles of working scientifically, chemical reactions and particles. Next pupils will begin to develop the scientific knowledge and concepts of physics whereby they will understand how energy is stored and transferred along with an understanding of the forces that are around us and how this can be useful to us in society. In the final term, pupils will structure their learning on how organisms are structured and the processes that they carry out, including both plants and humans. This will begin to build a foundation for the final biology unit, which focuses on ecology and the dependence organisms have on each other for survival.

  

Yr 8

Pupils step into the next level of scientific knowledge and will begin to develop skills of application so that their knowledge is opened up to both familiar and unfamiliar situations. In the first chemistry unit of learning, they will link particles and chemical reactions to atomic structure and ask why reactions occur. Similarly, their knowledge of combustion, life processes and energy transfers from year 7 will take them into a deeper understanding of how Earth’s atmosphere is changing. Again developing and building on their learning they will transfer their knowledge of atomic structure to begin learning about electricity and how it is able to flow through circuits. In the second unit of physics pupils will look into waves, including how waves such as light and sound travel and their applications in society. The final unit of learning in year 8 is biology whereby students look deeply into our genetics and how they have influenced characteristics and have been used for understanding medical conditions such as genetic diseases. Finally, students will look at how the human body and plants help defend themselves against illnesses and how conditions with organisms are regulated for survival purposes.

 

Yr 9

In year 9 we have our own entry level course whereby students will begin learning which prepares them for the skills they need in literacy, numeracy, application and working scientifically for their GSCE’s in Science. This year will follow the AQA specification Combined Trilogy which requires them to study topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This will enable them to gain a foundation for KS4 whereby they would obtain two GCSE qualifications in Science. Students will sit written examinations and must complete several required practical investigations throughout their studies.

 

Feedback

Feedback has been proven to accelerate pupil progression and so the feedback our students receive is our priority. We provide detailed and timely feedback that clearly explains for each student their successes along with specific ways to improve further. This takes the form of Exit Tickets, Meet the WILF and exams. All years will have exams in each half term to assess progress. These will also be a way to provide feedback to students. Time is built into lessons to ensure there is opportunity for student response, support and challenge. Our aim is to use learning tasks, problem solving and application questions provided in lessons along with exam practice questions to provide the basis for the teacher and student themselves to assess and identify areas to improve. This approach enables us to personalise the learning for each student.

 
KS3 Revision

To revise and for help at home try this website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

 

KS4

Science is considered a Core subject, which incorporates the building of all the key transferrable skills required for success in both Further and Higher Education. All students are required to study and gain qualifications in science. At KS4 we offer two courses.

 

Y10

 

Pathway 1 students will be given the opportunity to follow the AQA specification Separate Sciences. This enables pupils to gain three GSCE’s in total. The students will be entered under the qualification titles of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course consists of external written examinations in summer term of Year 11 and students must complete several required practical investigations throughout their studies. This pathway prepares the pupil for A-level Sciences, Further Education and scientific careers. In Year 10 students study towards paper 1 biology, paper 3 chemistry and paper 5 physics.

Pathway 2 students will follow the AQA specification Combined Trilogy which requires them to study topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This pathway will enable them to gain two GCSE qualifications in science. Students will sit written examinations and must complete several required practical investigations throughout their studies. This pathway also prepares the pupil for A-level, Further Education and some scientific careers. It is important to note that in order for students with the double award to study any of the sciences at A-level they must achieve at least grade B. It is always advisable to check with colleges regarding their requirements. In Year 10 pupils work towards paper 1 biology, paper 3 chemistry and paper 5 physics.

 

Yr 11

 

Science is considered a core subject, which incorporates the building of all the key transferrable skills required for success in both Further and Higher Education. All students are required to study and gain qualifications in science. At KS4, we offer two courses.

Pathway 1 students will be given the opportunity to follow the AQA specification Separate Sciences. This enables pupils to gain three GSCE’s in total. The students will be entered under the qualification titles of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The course consists of external written examinations in summer term of Year 11 and students must complete several required practical investigations throughout their studies. This pathway prepares the pupil for A-level Sciences, Further Education and scientific careers. In Year 10 students study towards paper 2 biology, paper 4 chemistry and paper 6 physics.

Pathway 2 students will follow the AQA specification Combined Trilogy which requires them to study topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This pathway will enable them to gain two GCSE qualifications in Science. Students will sit written examinations and must complete several required practical investigations throughout their studies. This pathway also prepares the pupil for A-level, Further Education and some scientific careers. It is important to note that in order for students with the double award to study any of the Sciences at A-level they must achieve at least grade B. It is always advisable to check with colleges regarding their requirements. In Year 10 pupils work towards paper 2 biology, paper 4 chemistry and paper 6 physics.

 

 

KS4 to revise and for help at home try these websites: Core Science: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/aqa/ Additional:http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_aqa/

Further Additional: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/triple_aqa/

For AQA exam information and past papers: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

 

 

Teaching and Learning

In Science, we are building a range of different learning methods to engage and motivate our students to achieve in Science. We encourage independent and interdependent working to develop resilience, teamwork and communication skills. Pupils are then presented with learning tasks, problem solving and application, which deepens their level of thinking to enhance their learning experience.

 

Feedback

Feedback has been proven to accelerate pupil progression and so the feedback our students receive is our priority. We provide detailed and timely feedback that clearly explains for each student their successes along with specific ways to improve further. This takes the form of Exit Tickets, Meet the WILF and exams. All years will have exams in each half term to assess progress. These will also be a way to provide feedback to students. Time is built into lessons to ensure there is opportunity for student response, support and challenge. Our aim is to use learning tasks, problem solving and application questions provided in lessons along with exam practice questions to provide the basis for the teacher and student themselves to assess and identify areas to improve. This approach enables us to personalise the learning for each student.