Science

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Science

The Science department encourages an active attitude to learning, and lessons have a strong, hands on approach. Throughout their time at Dormston, pupils will cover a variety of units across the three Science disciplines, and will develop skills such as measuring accurately, designing scientific investigations and exploring how to work safely within the lab.

Within Science we operate a spiral curriculum which allows pupils to build on past knowledge starting from Year 7 to ensure pupils can master concepts at GCSE while continually stretching and challenging all pupils.

The Science department is made up of 10 specialist teachers, and we are supported by four Science Technicians. We have eight fully equipped labs, and an ICT room where pupils can access a wide range of resources including our VLE.

KS3
Pupils in Year 7 and 8 cover a range of topics that provide them with lots of opportunities to develop practical skills. Topics are put into real life context as much as possible to allow pupils to see the importance of science in the world around them.  The course also contains links to prepare them for the GCSE course. Homework is based on examination questions to help pupils to improve their exam technique. Pupils complete an assessment at the end of each half term which includes questions to assess their retention of prior learning. An end of year exam for all pupils also takes place in June to track progress, and inform setting for the following school year.

Extra-curricular opportunities include STEM club, which allows pupils to carry out fun and engaging practical tasks and KS3 revision club, which helps pupils to boost their attainment levels.
Year 7 Units –
Year 8 Units –

Revision guides and workbooks are available to purchase from the Science department to support the teaching of this course, priced at £2.60 for the revision guide, and £5.00 for the accompanying workbook.

GCSE

Our GCSE Science courses start in Year 9, with all pupils completing either AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy, or Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) qualifications. Within every topic students will answer exam questions in lessons and in homework and will build upon and link back to prior knowledge. Students will be assessed through half-termly assessments which will cover cumulative content from the beginning of the course. In year 9 & 10, end of year exams will take place in June to monitor and track progress.

Year 11 pupils follow the same courses, but will have two sets of mock exams in November and February to allow for identification of areas of weakness in order to prepare for the final exams which start in May each year.  

Revision guides are available to purchase from the school for all courses. AQA Combined Science Trilogy revision guides and workbooks are both priced at £5.60 each, and Triple Science Revision guides & workbooks are £3.00 each. Triple Science pupils will require the revision guide and workbook for each discipline, bring the total cost to £18.00 for the full set.

TERM 1 TEACHING:

B1 Cell Biology

C1 Atomic Structure & the Periodic Table

P1 Energy

B2 Organisation

TERM 2 TEACHING:

C2 Structure, Bonding & the Properties of Matter

P3 Particle Model of Matter

B3 Infection & Response

C9 Chemistry of the Atmosphere

TERM 3 TEACHING:

B4 Bioenergetics

Revision

TERM 1 TEACHING:

C4 Chemical Changes

P3 Particle Model of Matter

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

P2 Electricity

C5 Energy Changes

TERM 2 TEACHING:

B5 Homeostasis & Response

P4 Atomic Structure

C6 Rate & Extent of Chemical Change

P7 Magnetism & Electromagnetism

TERM 3 TEACHING:

B7 Ecology

C9 Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Revision

TERM 1 TEACHING:

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

P4 Atomic Structure

C5 Energy Changes

B6 Inheritance, Variation & Evolution

C10 Using Resources

TERM 2 TEACHING:

P5 Forces

C8 Chemical Analysis

P6 Waves

C9 Chemistry of the Atmosphere

TERM 3 TEACHING:

Revision

AUTUMN 1:

B6 Inheritance, Variation & Evolution

C6 The Rate & Extent of Chemical Change

C7 Organic Chemistry

P6 Waves

AUTUMN 2:

B7 Ecology

C8 Chemical Analysis

C9 Chemistry of the Atmosphere

P7 Magnetism & Electromagnetism

P8 Space

SPRING / SUMMER:

Revision

Trips

As a department, we have ran a number of successful trips including visits to The Big Bang Fair, The Black Country Living Museum, Birmingham Airport, The Beyond Stereotypes: Girls in STEM day & Alton Towers to name just a few. We want to give our students as many opportunities as possible to provide them with a range of skills and experiences they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.