Science

Staff

Head of Department:   Mrs  U. Mullarkey

Second in Science:        Mrs E. Wilgoss (NQT Induction Mentor)

Teacher of Science:       Mr L. Harvey (KS4 Co-ordinator)

Teacher of Science:       Mrs N. Thompson (Deputy Headteacher)

Teacher of Science:       Mr R. Poddington (Deputy Headteacher)

Teacher of Science:       Mr S. Bonnar (Associate Deputy Headteacher)

Teacher of Science:       Mrs J John ( Head of  A-level Biology)

Teacher of Science:       Mrs N Sier ( A-level Biology)

Teacher of Science:       Mrs R Fowowe (Most Able Co-ordinator)

Teacher of Science:       Mr T. Campbell

Teacher of Science        Mr J Morrison

Teacher of Science:       Ms N Azim (Head of A-level Chemistry)

Science Technican:        Mrs G Stabb

Science Technician:       Mrs L. Woolward

 

Science is about investigating how the natural world works. Our Science courses are designed to engage students' interests at every level by providing relevant and inspiring academic content and practical opportunities to undertake scientific enquiry and learn about the scientific process.

 

Our science qualifications provide choice and flexibility to suit students of different abilities and aptitudes, supporting them from understanding the basics to going on to pursue a career in science.

 

KS3 Science

 

KS3 Science

As quoted from the www.education.gov.uk:

 

‘The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.’

 

In Year 7 students study the following topics:

 

 

Autumn Term

• How Science Works Induction to Science

• Cells and Body Systems

• Particles and Separation

 

Spring Term

• Forces and Space

• Reproduction

• Acids, Alkalis and Reactions

 

 Summer Term

• Electricity and Magnetism

• Earth and the Atmosphere

 

In Year 8 students study the following topics:

Autumn Term

• Adaptations and Inheritance

• Waves, Light and Sound

• Atoms, Compounds and the Periodic Table

 

Spring Term

• Health and Lifestyle

• Metals, Acids and Materials

• Speed, Moments and Pressure

 

Summer Term

• Photosynthesis and Ecosystems

• Energy

 

 

Useful KS3 Website links

www.scibermonkey.org/

www.dontstoplearning.com/ks3science/contents.htm

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science

www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science

www.sciencenews.org/view/interest/id/3/topic/Science_News_For_Kids

www.innerbody.com

www.schoolscience.co.uk/interactives

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3

 

 

STEM events

In conjunction with the Maths and Technology department, gifted and talented students are identified by teachers to take part in a STEM challenge with other schools.

 

In April 2018 Year 8 pupils participated in the STEM Faraday Challenge at Eastbrook School and the All Saints team won!

 

KS3 Science Club

The Science Department run a weekly after school club for a limited number of students.  This serves to enhance their learning and bring in the element of fun to science! Letters of application will be available to all Year 7 students and places given on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

 

Useful Websites KS4

 KS4  such as the number of hours taught over the two week timetable, exam boards, SOW/progress grids (these can be hyperlinks or https), HW set, resources used in lessons and textbooks students/parents can purchase and use at home for revision & independent learning.

 

There are two options for the key stage 4 program of study. Students either follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy, which is worth two GCSE’s or take separate AQA GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (three in total).

 

The majority of students will be enrolled onto the Combined Science Trilogy which is similar to the previous specifications of Core and Additional Science. This is a challenging science course which incorporates detailed science concepts and covers the three main components of science, chemistry, biology and physics.

For those students who are both excelling in science at KS3 and who choose to take science as an option at the end of year 8, then these students are enrolled onto the Triple Science award. Here they will take three GCSE’s, one each for chemistry, biology and physics. Be aware however that this option is invite only.

Students studying Combined Science will be taught for 7 hours over a 2 week timetable whereas Triple Award will be taught 10 hours of science over a 2 week timetable.

 

Pupils are set homework on a regular basis (twice a week for combined and 3 times for triple award) which must be completed to the expected standard.

 

Useful support material includes the following text books:

AQA GCSE (9-1) Combined Science Trilogy (single book option) Authors: Nick Dixon, Nick England, Richard Grime, Nora Henry, Ali Hodgson, James Napier, Steve Whitney

Publisher: Hodder Education

AQA GCSE (9-1) Biology Student Book Authors: Anne Pilling, John Beeby, series edited by Ed Walsh

Publisher: Collins

AQA GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Student Book Authors: Ann Daniels, series edited by Ed Walsh

Publisher: Collins

AQA GCSE (9-1) Physics Student Book Authors: Sandra Mitchell

Publisher: Collins

GCSE CGP Biology workbook and revision guide

GCSE CGP Chemistry workbook and revision guide

GCSE CGP Physics workbook and revision guide

GCSE CGP Combined science Trilogy workbook and revision guide

 

A-level Physics (AQA)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

 

A-level physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental science works and to topics such as nuclear physics, astrophysics and electricity.

 

The course will be examined by three terminal exams (at the end of year 2).

 

A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE combined science: trilogy course or triple award science. Students who study A-level Physics may go on to a Physics-related degree course.

 

 

SUBJECT: A Level Biology

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. It offers opportunity for independent progression from GCSE.

 

The aims of the course are to promote an interest in, and enjoyment of, the study of living organisms, to develop an understanding of biology and to appreciate its significance to ourselves and to the world in which we live. This is achieved by focusing on aspects of the subject that are relevant to students’ everyday lives and possible career requirements.

 

 

SUBJECT: KS5 Chemistry

Teacher of Science/A-Level Chemistry: N Azim

A-level Chemistry (AQA)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

 

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. It allows students to help understand the inner workings of the world around them, explaining concepts such as atomic orbitals, enthalpy and entropy.

 

The course will be examined by three terminal exams all of which will be at the end of Year 2. Students will be assessed every 6 weeks and will sit 2 mock exams in during Year 1, these grades will be used to help determine overall targets, and to help with UCAS applications.

 

A-level Chemistry builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE combined science: trilogy course or triple award science. Students who study A-level Chemistry may go on to a Chemistry-related degree course. For those students who are interested in a medical related career, an A-level in chemistry is a must.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Address

 

Terling Road,

Wood Lane,

Dagenham

RM8 1JT

Phone

 

Tel: 0208 270 4242

Fax: 0208 595 4024

 

E-mail

 

office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

 

School hours

 

Monday to Friday

8.40am - 3.15pm