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Sixth form student during a science lesson

Science

Science is an experimental subject that combines Biology, Chemistry, Physics and the Environmental Science. It acts as a gateway to careers in the natural sciences, the health sector, engineering and many other diverse areas.

At Key Stage 3, the students are given opportunities to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm, for Science. They acquire and apply scientific skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its role in society. In years 7 and 8 students study biology, chemistry and physics in a combined science setting. We follow the Activate Science scheme published by the Oxford University Press and there are various online resources which are available to the students. In our lessons we have placed a great emphasis on practical activities to enthuse the students and develop practical skills that are required later in KS4 and 5.

In Year 9, students are taught by separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers. Every student studies the same curriculum in this year and at the end of Year 9, exams are sat to determine whether they study Core and Additional Science (worth 2 GCSEs) or Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs (worth 3 GCSEs). Again a big emphasis is placed upon practical work and individual investigation and these skills are examined in their Controlled Assessments that they begin to take in Year 10. Core and Additional students study up to Unit 4 whereas the separate science students study up to Unit 6. For further information on these Units see the separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics pages.

Science is also extremely popular at Key Stage 5 and there are currently 23 classes of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Systems in Years 12 and 13. In 2014, 40 students went on to study a science degree at University. Courses studied included Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine and Zoology. Again, for further information on the A Level and IB courses studied see the separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics pages.

Every year we take Year 7 students to the Natural History Museum and enter groups of students into various competitions such as the Salters Festival of Chemistry, Biology and Chemistry Olympiads and the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench competition. Older students have attended Royal Society of Medicine lectures held in London and Royal Society of Chemistry lectures held in school. There is a weekly STEM club held after school which also participates in various activities and competitions in Kent and Medway. Students who attend the STEM are expected to complete their own Crest Award.

Year 7
Curriculum Content:
  • Working scientifically
  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction
  • Particles
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
Year 8
Curriculum Content:
  • Health and lifestyle
  • Ecosystem processes
  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • The periodic table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure
  • Space