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The aim of Waingels Science department is to engage and stimulate scientific thinking amongst our students. We want them to understand the importance of science on a local, national, global and universal scale. We encourage students to develop their investigative skills, to analyse and evaluate logically and apply scientific knowledge and skills to solve problems.
The curriculum is taught in year 7-11 in a theme based spiral curriculum. Throughout the five years of studying science students will cover different topics in the 10 themes; Forces, Energy, Waves, Electromagnetism, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems and Genes. This curriculum will help them to develop mastery within each theme and to apply their knowledge to rigorous GCSE questions at the end of Year 11.
Years 7 & 8
Year 7 students start with a 6-week transition programme that helps students to grow in confidence by revising their KS2 Science whilst developing practical and investigative skills.
Students then start the theme based curriculum covering two topics from each theme.
Students will have extended homework projects every half-term and will have a test at the end of each half-term that covers the topics they have just learnt and some content from previous themes.
Year 9 – Transition Year
Students continue to be taught in the ten themes revisiting some topics from Year 7 and 8 but at GCSE level. The topics they learn this year will contribute towards their GCSEs. They will be focusing on the core pillars of science so they can build on this in year 10 and 11. For example they will learn in detail about the structures of eukaryote and prokaryote cells and atoms whilst in physics they will be looking at interactions of forces. Students will have assessments every half-term which will cover content from previous terms as well as the most recently studied content.
Years 10 & 11
Science is compulsory for all students. Most students will study Combined Science which gives them two GCSEs in Science. For the most able students we offer the separate science GCSEs. GCSE science is very demanding and requires students to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of a vast curriculum. Students need to be able to recall this knowledge and apply it to unknown contexts. Year 10 and 11 are planned in great detail so that we ensure students have enough lessons for structured revision and to work on exam technique. Controlled assessments have been replaced by required practicals which we take very seriously. These will be assessed throughout the GCSE exam papers and it is important that students are familiar with the experimental techniques alongside the theory.
Students will continue to have assessments every half-term in addition to the formal mock exams.
The New Specifications require students to know the physics equations from memory and to be able to use their mathematical skills in the exam. Students will be sitting exams from AQA Exam Board.
A weekly science clinic runs throughout the academic year. Students who may find a particular topic a challenge or who would like some additional revision can attend. This is staffed with subject specialists and is an excellent opportunity to have more one to one time with a teacher.
Careers & future study
Science opens many opportunities in STEM careers, the number of which is growing at a faster rate than other areas. These are diverse and interesting professions. Students will have some input on STEM careers and we have established links with many organisations who deliver talks to our students about opportunities.
Subjects & Exam Boards
A Level Sciences are very popular with many students studying two or more Science subjects. Many of these students then go on to study Science-related degrees such; medicine, physical or chemical engineering, marine biology, physiotherapy and a lot more. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities including; Science live trip, guest speakers and being ambassadors in projects with local primary schools.
Biology A level
A level Biology explores and develops your deeper understanding of the Science of living things. It is a mixture of scientific method, problem solving, practical skills and socially relevant content.
Chemistry A level
A level Chemistry will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of Chemistry, both in a theoretical and practical context. The course is divided into three main components; Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Alongside the three main components there will be many practical opportunities, leading to a Practical Endorsement Certificate at the end of the two year course. The course is perfect for students who are keen to learn more about the world of Chemistry around them and for those looking to develop logical thinking and problem solving skills.
Physics A level
A level Physics takes you from the motion of everyday objects such as bikes and fairground rides, electrical circuits and gases, to the sub atomic particles that make up atoms. At the other end of the scale we look at the forces that led to the formation of the universe and evidence used to determine its future fate. You will also do plenty of practical work and learn to work precisely and analyse the certainty of data. You will need strong maths skills to succeed on this course and many take an A level in Maths to complement it.
Extra Curricular opportunities
A weekly science club for Year 7 and 8 students is led by two members of staff. Projects have led to displays at the Big Bang Fair for the past three years. We have had guest speakers, STEM ambassadors and workshops for different year groups. We celebrate Science week by have a different experimental demo each day with the aim of making students experience a “wow” factor and to engage them in activities that are beyond the curriculum.
Subject Leader: Miss E Fellowes-Freeman
Mrs L Chislett
Mrs K Heaton
Dr A Hamilton
Mr N Johnson
Mrs R Legg
Mr R Long
Ms K Peck
Mr P Pole
Mr G Sargen- Assistant Principal
Mrs C Stokell
Mr A Thomas
Mrs M Taylor – Senior Science Technician
Mrs D Bonifacii – Science Technician
Mrs H Hutton – Science Technician