Science

At the Angmering school we are passionate about all aspects of Science. We strive to make the science of the world around us relevant and fascinating to all of our students through innovative teaching and enrichment programmes.

Our approach is to make the study of Science exciting and accessible and we place great emphasis on independent enquiry to cultivate an investigative approach to learning.

Our approach is to make the study of Science exciting and accessible as we place great emphasis on independent enquiry to cultivate an investigative approach to learning.

We work hard to deliver opportunities to study science both inside and outside the classroom through a diverse programme of enrichment activities. Visits currently enjoyed by students in science include The University of Sussex, The Natural History and Mary Rose Museums, The Big Bang Science Festival, The Royal Society and CERN.

Teaching and Learning in KS3

In Year 7 and 8, students study science for 6 lessons a fortnight. The focus in these years is to engage with practical science and develop skills for investigating and subsequently analysing findings in a wide range of topic areas.

In Year 7 students study the following Units:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Being a scientistCellsSpace

Structure and function of body systems

Particles and their behaviour

ReproductionElements, atoms and compoundsAcids and alkalis

Forces

HealthSoundLight

Reactions

In Year 8 students study the following Units:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Seperation TechniquesHealth and lifestylePeriodic table

Electricity

HealthMetals and acidsMotion and Pressure Adaptation and inheritanceEarthEnergy

Ecosystems

In Year 9, students begin to work towards their options for GCSE Science with a range of topics that focus on how the application of science in everyday life affects the world and the technology around them.

In Year 9 students study the following units:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Biology new technologiesPhysics new technologiesChemistry new technologies Biology turning pointsPhysics turning pointsChemistry turning points Biology detectionPhysics detectionChemistry detection

Teaching and Learning in KS4

Triple Science

Students are able to opt to follow the Triple Science Option at the end of Year 9. This enables the students to gain 3 GCSE’s in Science, namely Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Students are taught in three specialist groups and have an extra 5 hours of Science to enable them to study the extra material that is covered in each of the three disciplines. The Triple Science option is for students who enjoy Science and those who may wish to study the sciences at A-Level.

Students studying Triple Science will take a total of 9 exams in Science at the end of Year 11 and are required to complete an ISA Practical Exam for each discipline.

GCSE Core and Additional Science

All students are required to study ‘Core Science’ in year 10 followed by ‘Additional Science’ in year 11 as a minimum. This is sometimes called Double Award as the students receive 2 GCSE’s in Science, each of which is comprised of units from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students study Science for 10 hours per fortnight with two specialist science teachers. This course is suitable for all students and will provide good preparation for the study of Science at A-Level, whilst leaving an option free to study a separate further subject.

Students following the Double Award in Science will take 6 exams at the end of Year 11 and are required to complete an ISA Practical Exam for Core Science (Year 10) and a further one for Additional Science (Year 11).

Entry Level Science

A small number of pupils will begin year 9 by studying the ‘Entry Level Science’ course offered by OCR. This Level 1 course is specifically designed to meet the needs of students for whom GCSE Science is not immediately appropriate. The course consists of a series of short tests that are completed in class and a series of practical tasks that are observed during normal timetabled lessons. Following Entry Level Science, the majority of students will be entered for a single Core Science GCSE.

 

The department is well staffed by a team of specialist science teachers all of whom share a passion for education and the pastoral welfare of their students. The roles and responsibilities of the team are set out below.

  • Carole Burden Senior Leader and Head of Science
  • Corinne Jones Subject Leader and second in charge of Science
  • Lianne ALLISON Assistant Head Teacher
  • Debs Bayford
  • Emma Bird
  • Emily Clements
  • Lindsey Cox
  • Jenny Emerton Subject Leader: KS4 Curriculum Design
  • Joe McAleese
  • Dominick McGlynn
  • Nikki McLellan
  • Sean McMORROW Assistant Head Teacher
  • Carolyn Riggs
  • Clare Towler