Mr P Greene
Mrs D Serafini
Mx Em Smith
Mr L Humphries
Ms N Thornton
Mrs B Morgan
Mrs S Helme
Miss R Hollier
Miss S Reynolds
Mr D Hunt
Mr D Jones
Ms K Moseley
Mr A Samuel
Mrs J Segar
Mrs K Hughes
Mrs D Murphy
Mrs R Dale
Mr J Brown
Mrs D Done
Science is an extension of everyone’s natural curiosity and permeates our lives. It has had a profound influence on human history and will have both a positive and negative influence on the future. At C.W.L.C. all science staff have a passion for science and aim to instil that into our students by making our lessons enjoyable but challenging.
Our department’s mission is to ignite scientific curiosity in students so that they:
- question intelligently;
- learn through discovery;
- connect scientific knowledge to everyday life.
- become innovative and prepared for future careers
To achieve this our department:
- encourages the natural curiosity of learners at all levels;
- develops schemes of work that have a strong practical element;
- celebrates achievement;
- aims to increase scientific literacy;
- arranges visits to universities to engage in practical work;
- organises science career fairs every two years
- arranges scientists involved in current research to come to school to give lectures to inspire our students;
- aims that every student at our school leaves with a recognised scientific qualification.
At CWLC, students can study either Separate Science; giving them the opportunity to achieve 3 GCSEs in science (biology, chemistry and physics) or Combined Science which enables them to study all three sciences and achieve 2 GCSEs.
KS3 science is delivered during years 7 and 8. Students follow a scheme of work based on the new national science curriculum, which prepares them for GCSE. In total, they have six lessons of science a fortnight, which are taught by two teachers where possible. At the end of year 7 and 8 all students sit an end of year test to give them the experience of organising some effective revision for all topics covered in the year. Students are encouraged to experiment with revision techniques throughout the course – a vital skill that will help in the next step at KS4.
CWLC Year 7 and 8 Science Curriculum
1.3 Contact forces
2.1 Potential difference and resistance
3.1 Energy costs
3.2 Energy transfer
3.4 Heating and cooling
4.3 Wave effects
4.4 Wave properties
5.1 Particle model
5.2 Separating mixtures
5.4 Periodic Table
6.1 Acids and alkalis
6.2 Metals and non-metals
6.3 Types of reaction
6.4 Chemical energy
7.1 Earth Structure
7.4 Earth resources
9.2 Plant reproduction
10.2 Human reproduction
Students develop their practical and team working skills with a variety of experimental work throughout their journey in science. These topics include a range of experimental work designed to further their practical skills and enhance their data analysis skills in order to prepare for GCSE and beyond. Also available to our KS3 students is Science Club. This club runs weekly and gives students the opportunity to take part in fantastic and exciting practical work that leaves them enthused for the rest of week.
At GCSE, the students follow the OCR A Gateway syllabus with all studying combined science until the end of year 10. Moving into year 11 some will continue with combined science while for others it will be more appropriate to follow the separate sciences route. Those continuing with combined science into year 11 will be afforded more in class preparation time for the final exams due to there being slightly less content to cover. GCSE science is a three-year course starting in year 9 and is geared towards the new method of GCSE grading 9-1.
The biology course is divided into 6 modules, which cover an array of biological concepts such as cells, microscopy, cell division, growth, organ systems, and ecosystems and health and disease. Students will study essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science that are vital for scientific understanding and ensuring the world’s future development. Learning about the nature, processes and methods of biology through various scientific enquiries and how this helps to answer scientific questions about the world around them. They will also apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills in the laboratory, field and other learning environments.
The chemistry course is also split into 6 modules and will cover particles, elements, compounds and mixtures, chemical reactions including predicting, identifying, monitoring and controlling chemical reactions and global challenges.
The physics course is divided into 6 modules for combined science and 8 modules for separate science, with considerable overlap in content between the two. These help the students to understand how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be understood in terms of a small number of key ideas which are of universal application. These are illustrated through topics on matter, forces, electricity, magnetism, waves, radioactivity and energy.
At the beginning of each module the students are given learning outcome booklets so that they can track their progress through the course. Students are exposed to several teaching methods that incorporate both theory and practical work. There is no coursework involved in the new specification, but students are expected to complete a range of practical work throughout the course which can be assessed in the final exams. Students are routinely tested per term, and this allows us to track progress and report this through the PMR.
Students have full access to the Kerboodle.com website; providing them with plenty of support from the online textbook and other interactive resources. Teachers often use Kerboodle to set the students assignments to enhance their progression in science.
Any intervention that is required may take place as either part of lesson, homework, or on some occasion’s students are asked to attend an intervention session after school. Students are always welcome to science club after school for extra help or support with lessons and homework.
The science department offers all three traditional sciences at KS5, A Level Biology, A Level Chemistry and A Level Physics, as well as A Level Environmental Science (from Sept 2022), taught by subject specialists. All three traditional specialities within the department follow the new OCR syllabus, (OCR Biology A, OCR Chemistry A, and OCR Physics A), and Environmental Science follows the AQA syllabus. The content for each subject is divided into modules. Module 1 for each of the three sciences is focused on developing practical skills, which are assessed throughout the written examinations and through the Practical Endorsement. All students are entered for the A level examination at the end of a two-year period and each science A level is assessed over 3 papers. The courses are delivered to allow students to take the AS level exam at the end of year 12, although this is not something we encourage, it is possible if requested. There is no coursework as such, but students will receive the Practical Endorsement at the end of the 2-year period. To pass the Practical Endorsement students will be expected to have demonstrated a number of different practical skills throughout the 2-year course. The Practical Endorsement will be reported as a pass or fail and this is independent of the grade attained in the science A levels and will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.
Many of the KS5 science students volunteer to support KS3 and KS4 science lessons as part of the enrichment programme. We also have KS5 science students supporting the KS3 science club, which is mainly done for fun, but helps to inspire the younger students to consider careers in science by letting them enjoy the fun of science. Our KS5 science students have also benefitted from the many Impetus science lectures in the last few years, which included in February 2017, Professor Lord Robert Winston, as well as a wide range of inspirational speakers from both industry and British universities.
We have forged strong and growing links with Worcester University, as well as other universities, and our students have the opportunity to attend Taster Days there on curriculum content and wider interest. Last year, for example, the Taster Day on Forensic Science was well attended, and we hope to offer similar annually. Dr Mike Wheeler (Senior Lecturer in Biology) has been into the school to deliver several talks on such topics as Bioinformatics and Exobiology.
The science department is proud to boast the biggest uptake of A Level students and many of our students go on to study Medicine, Science or STEM related disciplines at university. We strive to ensure that we can offer not only excellent teaching with our own continued professional development but also that we are always searching for new opportunities for the students so that they can add these to their UCAS applications.
To encourage further interest in science, we expect our students to take part in national competitions, such as the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools Analyst Competition, and the British Physics Olympiad (BPhO). These help to further develop students’ problem solving and team working skills, and help to demonstrate these when applying for University or work.
If you have any questions or queries regarding Science, please contact Mr Paul Greene, Head of Science, email@example.com.
Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form,
Phone: 01905 423906