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 practical activities 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 Museum, Big Bang Science Festival, GlaxoSmithKline and The Royal Society. In school enrichment programmes include the Lego Robotics Workshop, The Incredible Oceans Project Solar Car Challenge and various STEM competitions throughout the academic year.
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:
Cells, Space, Body Systems, Particles, Reproduction, Elements, Atoms and Compounds, Acids and Alkalis, Forces, Sound, Light, Chemical Reactions and Health.
In Year 8 students study the following Units:
Separating Techniques, Health and Lifestyle, Periodic Table, Electricity, Metals and Acids, Motion and Pressure, Adaptation and Inheritance, Earth, Energy, Ecosystem Processes and Health.
In Year 9 students study the following units:
Chemistry – Atoms and Elements, Bonding, Rate of Reactions, Nanotechnology, Crude oil and carbon chemistry.
Physics – Circuits, Waves, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Energy, Forces and Motion.
Biology – Cell structure and division, Body Systems, Carbon reactions, Adaptation, Homeostasis and response, Communities.
Separate Sciences Teaching and Learning in KS4
Students are able to opt to follow the Separate Science Option at the end of Year 9. This enables the students to gain 3 GCSEs in Science, 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 Separate Science option is open to all students, but is particularly helpful for those who may want to study Science at A Level (however this is not a requirement for entry to A Level at The Angmering School).
Students studying Separate Science will take a total of 6 exams in Science at the end of Year 11, two for each discipline. Students must undertake all required practical investigations and these are examined within the terminal papers.
GCSE Combined Science
The minimum programme of study for all students is the Combined Science Course. This course replaced the former ‘Double Award’ and the students still receive 2 GCSEs in Science, each of which is comprised of units from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students study Science for 9 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 Combined Science will take 6 exams at the end of Year 11. Students must complete all required practicals and these are examined in the terminal papers.
Entry Level Science
A small number of pupils will begin Year 10 studying the Entry Level Science course from AQA. This course is aimed at less confident learners and those requiring more support. The course is assessed with a series of short exams and practical tasks, all of which are taken in the classroom environment. Students undertaking Entry Level Science follow the same curriculum as the Combined GCSE students and will be assessed throughout to determine whether they should be entered for the GCSE exams in Year 11. Any grade at GCSE will be in addition to the Level 1 Certificate that they achieve on completion of the Entry Level Science course.
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
- Debs Bayford
- Emma Bird
- Lindsey Cox
- Jenny Emerton Subject Leader: KS4 Curriculum Design
- Joe McAleese
- Dominick McGlynn
- Nikki McLellan
- Caroline Riggs Head of Psychology
- Clare Towler Head of BTEC Applied Science
- Finbar McConville Head of Physics
- Janet Montague Head Science Technician
- Tina Buckler Technician
- Sue Hardman HLTA
- Julie Tapley Administration and Technical Support