Science

Introduction

From a young age children show an interest in the natural world. They will want to ty to explain observations and ask questions about how the world works. At Cecil Jones we look to nurture this in science lessons through engaging and challenging activities, often based on experiments that they have done for themselves in the laboratory.

Our subject area seeks to develop the following in all our students:

    1. The ability to make connections between observations and the theories that they learn about
    2. Practical skills which may one day be useful in the workplace
    3. The confidence to use skills they have learned to solve problems
    4. Enquiring minds to give the desire to seek answers

Science in Years 7 and 8 covers all three of the sciences, providing a foundation in areas such as ecology, cells, chemical reactions, energy, materials, forces and space.  Topics last approximately 6 weeks and at the end of each topic, students are assessed on the content in order to identify strengths, weaknesses and targets for improvement.

Students with a natural interest and ability in science will have opportunities to enhance their learning, such as the annual Salters Chemistry Fayre. We run regular trips to the science and natural history museums in London and to the Big Bang fair. We also run a Lego® robotics club which involves using programming and problem solving skills to solve tasks of varying complexity. Students compete in events around the country.  The department follows the Academy policy on homework. Students will be expected to carry out research tasks, produce presentations and summary information sheets, answer examinations style question and prepare for assessments.

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Textbooks used

  • Exploring Science 7
  • Exploring Science 8
  • Exploring Science 9

Websites that students would find useful

A variety of GCSE science courses are offered, starting in Year 9 and progressing throughout years 10 and 11. The majority of students will follow the new GCSE combined science: trilogy course, which leads to two GCSEs in Science and which covers all three sciences. Some students may be offered the option of taking separate science GCSE courses, in physics, chemistry and biology. This route would lead to three GCSES.

All examinations for our GCSEs are taken at the end of year 11, but students will be assessed regularly throughout the course (with formal PPEs at the end of each year).

The GCSE course has embedded core practical activities which are carried out across the three years of the course. These are an assessment of practical and methodological skills, carried out in lessons and internally assessed at the Academy. These skills will also be assessed in questions during the formal examinations. The examining board for GCSE Science is AQA.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/introduction

Homework

Students will be expected to carry out research tasks, produce presentations and summary information sheets, answer examinations style question and prepare for assessments.

The science department often run additional study sessions after school, where students can receive assistance with any topics or content that they struggled with in lessons

  • Good attendance
  • Complete all homework
  • Engage in practical activities and experiments
  • Revise effectively for assessments