Science

Contact: Ms R Foley (Curriculum Leader for Science)

Contact: Mr J Taylor (Subject Leader for Biology)

Contact: Mrs M. Walshe (Subject Leader for Chemistry)

Contact: Mr D Knocker (Subject Leader for Physics)

 

‘I am among those who think science has great beauty. A scientist in a laboratory is not only a technician: he/she is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him/her like a fairy tale’ Marie Curie

The Science department at Teddington School has a tradition of producing students who value the joys of the subject. The emphasis of our teaching is showing how the various areas of Science inter-relate to explain the scientific and technological aspects of our lives. We value practical science and try to incorporate practical activities and investigations in as many lessons as possible.

 

Chemistry helps to explain what makes up the world around us. It looks at the physical world of substances – what substances are made of and how industry uses their properties. We teach Biology in the context of students’ everyday lives and help them to understand how the subject can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have. In Physics students gain the tools and concepts needed to be able to construct a scientific approach to solving problems. They will learn to ask and answer questions about fundamental laws that govern natural phenomena.

The department is committed to developing an innovative and flexible curriculum, making full use of the opportunities offered by our building. In the new sixth form block we have two state-of-the-art specialist A level laboratories and a Physics studio.

Our team of twelve hardworking and dedicated teachers includes physics, chemistry and biology subject specialists, all of whom have qualified teaching status. Their approach has resulted in a sustained period of impressive examination success and made the subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics immensely popular at AS and A2 level. The department follows the AQA syllabus for GCSE, AS and A2 examinations.

 

2017 GCSE results:

(Where available, national results are show in brackets).

 

 

ENTRIES

% A*/A

% A*/B

% A*/C

Biology

106

44 (44)

75

92 (90)

Chemistry

106

51 (44)

72

87 (90)

Physics

106

65 (43)

85

94 (91)

Additional Science

130

15 (9)

44

66 (59)

All Science GCSEs

448

42 (27)

67

84 (63)

 

 

 

 

 Key Stage 3

Year 7 and 8

In years 7 and 8 Science is taught in units that follow our in-house schemes of work, developed to reflect the investigative nature of the Science National Curriculum.

Students in years 7 and 8 are taught in mixed ability groupings which ensure that they have the opportunity to maximise their progress. We have a highly sophisticated tracking system which is used to monitor the progress of each individual student throughout their school year and enables us to provide support to students where and when it is most needed.

Students study the following topics:

 

Year 7

Year 8

Term 1 – Autumn

Intro to Science

Particle Theory

Cells, Tissues and Organs

Energy Resources

Food and Digestion

Electric Circuits

Respiration

Reactions

Rocks

Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

Term 2 – Spring

Acids and Alkalis

Sound

Rocks

Reproduction

Light

Photosynthesis

Space

Reactivity Series

Term 3 - Summer

Electricity

Ecology

Working Scientifically

Science in the News

Magnetism

Inheritance

Forces

Scientific Investigation

 *NB some topics may fall slightly differently depending on which year students started in year 7 as we have updated our schemes of work based on the new GCSE specification.

 Year 9

Students begin year 9 with a review of the KS3 content, preparing them for an assessment to measure their progress. This transition assessment marks the end of KS3 and the start of their GCSE study. 

They then follow a scheme of work that provides a stepping stone to GCSE level content, covering the emerging science of Biomimicry – “an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies” (Biomimicry Institute). 

At the end of this topic, they start following the GCSE specification.

Year 9 Information Evening Science Presentation

 

Key Stage 4

Biology: Our exam board is AQA and our students have 2 GCSE routes open to them as follows:

1. Combines Science (Trilogy, 8464) - this is similar to the legacy Core and Additional Science GCSEs, and is a double award: equivalent to two GCSEs.

OR

2. GCSE Biology, GCSE, Chemistry and GCSE Physics - leading for three GCSEs

There is no longer any coursework associated with these examinations. Required practicals are carried out within the scheme of work and these are assessed within the written examination format.

For more information, see the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

 

Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Key Stage 5

Biology: The exam board is AQA (Specification code 7401 (AS level) and 7402 A Level)

Chemistry: The exam board is AQA (Specification code 7404 (AS level) and 7405 A Level)

Physics: The exam board is AQA (Specification code 7407 (AS level) and 7408 A Level)

All the Key Stage 5 Sciences follow a linear assessment scheme meaning that AS Level examinations and the A Level examinations are stand-alone assessments (i.e. AS Level examinations do not count towards the A Level grade).

There is no longer any coursework associated with these examinations. All three Sciences have twelve required practicals carried out within the scheme of work. These required practicals written up in a student lab book and key practical analytical skills are assessed within the written examination format.

 

Enrichment opportunities

The department runs a very successful science club aimed at developing STEM and associated skills. Students use this opportunity to extend their practical and investigative skills and some students have completed CREST awards in the STEM club.

We also offer a range of extra-curricular activities throughout the year, which in the past have included water rocket construction for the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) challenge held annually and technology challenges such as SATRO and Biology Olympiads. As part of Curriculum Enhancement we have had visiting speakers, a visiting zoo experience and we have also taken students to London Zoo, Science Museum and Natural History Museum. We encourage outside speakers and science ambassadors from a range of different fields to speak to students about their lives as scientists..

Year 12 and year 13 students also carry out field studies at our local Bushy Park as well as a participating in a residential field trip to Juniper Hall in Dorking where ecological studies are completed as part of their A level Biology work.

British Science week, which occurs annually during March, is a major event in the department’s calendar and during the week we organise activities, competitions and challenges for all students. 

Useful websites to support learning

KS3:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/login

http://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science

 

KS4:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science

https://www.my-gcsescience.com/

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/login

 

KS5:

https://www.ted.com/topics/science

 

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