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 encourage in our students the wonder and curiosity that leads to questioning the way the world around us works. Through this we are developing a curriculum that is both inclusive and engaging for all students. We have a responsibility to prepare our students for a world in which scientific skills and knowledge are central to the advancement of our society. At TOAN we aim to provoke in our students a desire to continually enquire and think more deeply about the events shaping our lives.

KS3

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

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. This will lead into learning the underpinning principles of particles, plants, energy, forces  and chemical reactions and investigate why plants are so important, what we mean by wasted energy, if a substance is pure and how forces can be useful.

  

Yr 8

Pupils step into the next level of scientific knowledge. They begin to apply their learning from year 7 to specific situations. They will link particles and chemical reactions to atomic structure and ask why reactions occur. They will apply their learning on plants to help them explain specific processes all living organisms must carry out. This will be specifically applied to humans for digestion, circulation and respiration. Their work on forces will be applied to transport, movement of vehicles and linked to energy consumption and the effects upon the Earth.

 

Yr 9

Students will begin learning the basic concepts linking to 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 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 and ‘Currently Working @ reviews and exams at KS3 and 4. 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/levels/z4kw2hvfrom

 

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.

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.

 

Yr 11 Class of 2017

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 triple award. This enables pupils to gain three GSCE’s in total. The students will be entered under the qualification titles of Core Science, Additional Science and Further Additional Science. The course consists of external written examinations in summer term. In addition they also need to complete three controlled assessments, providing them with 25% towards each qualification. This pathway prepares the pupil for A-level Sciences, Further Education and scientific careers.

Pathway 2
Students will follow the AQA specification double award 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 alongside two controlled assessments over the two year period of study. 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.

 

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

 

KS4 To revise and for help at home try these websites:
Core Sciencehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel/
Additional: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_edexcel/
Futher Additional: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/triple_edexcel/

 

 

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. We also have split topics into Success ladders. These are clearly leveled statements for each Science area which both the student and teacher use to maximize progression.

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 and Midpoint reviews at KS3 along with graded ‘Currently Working at Assessments’ at KS4. 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 provide the basis for the teacher and student themselves to assess and identify areas to improve. This approach enables us to personalize the learning for each student