Science

Head of department: Mrs K Heeley

Overview

Science at Jubilee is delivered to all students through inspiring and engaging lessons based on the core scientific values.  We are dedicated to ensuring that lessons are constantly being developed to motivate and encourage learners to have a love for the world around us and how it works.  We are committed to deliver a curriculum that covers a broad range of exciting topics, develop enquiry skills and also provide opportunities for students to communicate their own views of national and worldwide scientific issues. All of our six labs offer students the opportunity to explore Science through experiments and demonstrations that are supported by our two invaluable science technicians. We also have an ICT suite and each lab is equipped with an interactive whiteboard.

Year 7

Year 7 students start their Science experience by gaining core scientific skills that will equip them with the skills required to engage with a highly practical and experiment based curriculum.  They will engage with all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with topics including Cells, Atoms and Chemical Reactions, Space and Forces.  

Year 8

Students in Year 8 will continue to practice and develop scientific skills with an increased focus on mathematical skills to prepare them for their GCSE topics the following year.  Again, all three sciences are studied and include topics such as Adaptations and Inheritance, the Periodic Table and Energy. Regular tests and end of year exams will determine the route that students take in their GCSE Science.
 

Years 9, 10 & 11

We start delivery of GCSE Science at the beginning of Year 9 (after completing a baseline exam).

Students that follow the separate Science route (our top set) will have three separate Science teachers for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Those that follow the combined Science route will have two Science teachers but all three sciences will be delivered.  We follow AQA’s specifications for both the separate and the combined sciences.  All students will complete a set of required practicals within lessons that have been designed to replace the controlled assessment aspect of the previous Science GCSE. The scientific skills element of Science is now incorporated into the exams taken at the end of year 11.  There is also an increased mathematical element that is tested within all papers of Science.  We have developed our lessons so that students are given every opportunity to develop both their enquiry and numeracy skills.

The GCSE curriculum covers a wide range of topics which include Cell Division, Communicable Diseases, Genetics, Crude Oil, Earth’s Resources, Motion and Electricity.

Homework

Homework in Science is designed to develop students’ understanding in the classroom. The tasks set will be suited to a range of abilities to ensure that all students are challenged. Examples may include using the DoddleLearn platform, exam practice and making scientific models.

Enrichment

As a department we offer two exciting clubs each week.  We have Science club where students can take part in more enquiry based activities that range from the very explosive thermite reaction to making Christmas decorations. We also offer ecology club where students are developing the school garden to create an environment that can be used by both themselves and other Science students.

We often have guest speakers such as the Royal Navy and Mercedes and we take every opportunity to take our students on trips which in the past have included London Zoo, the Science museum and local construction sites.

Useful Links

Below is a list of websites that will be useful in supporting the learning that takes place in school:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/biology/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/chemistry/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/physics/

http://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/