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Science

We are living in an increasingly scientific and technological society, so a good understanding and knowledge of Science is essential.

Science is housed in eight laboratories, one ICT suite and two preparation areas.

The National Curriculum for Science controls what we - and all other state schools - teach to students in the compulsory years of schooling. The way we organise the teaching is as follows:

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, Science is taught as a single subject, with the girls assigned to streamed groups which will allow them to work at a pace suitable to their ability.

Units:

Skills

Cells

Reproduction

Digestion

Microbes

Acids and Alkalis

Solids liquids and gases

Solutions

Energy Resources

Magnets

Forces

Solar System

Level assessed task:

Level assessed task:

Level assessed task:

 Year 8

Plants and ecology

Environment

Genetics

How the body works

Elements and compounds

Chemical reactions

Reactions of metals

Rocks

Heat

Circuits and electricity

Light and sound

Levers, moments & pressure

Year 9

Cell biology

Organisation

Infectious diseases

Atomic structure and Periodic Table

Bonding and Structure

Energy

Electricity

Key Stage 4

Most girls follow a course in Double Science, which leads to two Science GCSE grades. These courses contain equal amounts of Physics, Chemistry and Biology which have been co-ordinated so as to provide an all-round ‘balanced’ Science education. Girls will sit externally-set examinations at the end of year 11.

We also offer a triple science GCSE course for a group of girls who have shown they have a particular aptitude for Science, and are likely to wish to pursue a scientific career.

Units:

Biology 

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Chemistry

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Physics

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Post-16

Students obtaining a good grade in the GCSE course can go on to study any or all of Physics, Chemistry and Biology AS and A2 Level courses at Post-16. All of the courses consist of externally examined units. They will also complete a number of compulsory practical tasks during the course.

Enrichment

In addition to the many interesting activities taking place during lessons, an extra activity is organised for each Year group:

Year 7 students experience a mobile planetarium which visits the school.

Year 8 students are treated to the Science Museum day of activities, based around space travel.

Year 9 students take part in a Forensics day.

Year 10 students attend a Chemistry at Work event held in Bromley, and a visit from the Carbon Roadshow.

Staffing

  • Mr Coomber: Head of Faculty: scoomber@chsfg.co.uk 
  • Mr S Bokth, BSc, MSc, PGCE - Second in Faculty, Head of Chemistry
  • Mrs S Aldworth, BSc, PGCE - KS3 Coordinator
  • Mrs N Bhalla Dhir, BEd, QTS
  • Mrs C Lewington, BSC Hons, PGCE 
  • Miss C Nicholson, MA, BSc, BTEC, PGCE - Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs L Shimmin, BSc, PGCE - Acting temporary Year Coodinator (Maternity cover)
  • Mrs N Searle, BSc, PGCE - KS5 Coordinator, STEM Coordinator
  • Miss C Cunningham, BA, (Hons), QTS - Assistant STEM Coordinator