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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.

Topics for year 9

Topics for Year 10

Topics for year 11

Paper 1 Units:

Cell Biology

Organisation

Infection and response

Atomic structure and Periodic Table

Bonding Structure and properties of matter

Energy

Electricity

 

Paper 1 units continued;

Bioenergetics

Organic

Chemical changes

Energy changes

Particle model of matter

Atomic structure

 

Paper 2 Units:

Homeostasis and response

Rate and extent of Chemical change

Forces

 

Inheritance,variation and evolution

Ecology

Quantitative Chemistry

Chemical analysis

Chemistry of atmosphere

Using resources

Waves

Magnetism and electromagnetism

Space Physics

Units:

Biology 

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Chemistry

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Physics

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Sixth Form

Students obtaining a good grade in the GCSE course can go on to study any or all of Physics, Chemistry and Biology  A2 Level courses at Sixth Form. All of the courses consist of externally examined units. They will also complete a number of compulsory practical tasks during the course. We also offer BTEC in Applied Science where students work towards the extended certificate. Many of our students go onto top Universities to study science related degrees.

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.

 

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 - Teacher of Science

Ms C Nicholson, MA, BSc, BTEC, PGCE - Assistant Headteacher

Mrs L Shimmin, BSc, PGCE - Director of Study, Years 7,8 & 9

Mrs N Searle, BSc, PGCE  - KS5 Coordinator, STEM Coordinator

Miss A R Webster, BSc, SDS