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The Vision:

The Science department at Grey Court School aims to ensure every child is able to understand and critically evaluate any scientific problem they may be faced with in an ever-changing, modern world. Through the courses that we offer, we seek to provide an inspiring range of experiences both in and outside the classroom.

The Faculty:

The Department has 11 science labs. Each lab is well equipped to allow all types of Biology, Chemistry and Physics practical work to be completed. The science department has 4 technical staff that support the practical work in science.

·                 Mr Jonathan Holden, Head of Science (and Chemistry).

·                 Ms Kavita Bedi, Head of Biology

·                 Miss Victoria Banks, Head of Physics

·                 Ms Amy Moran, KS3 Co-ordinator for Science

·                 Ms Amy Jackson, Assistant Head Teacher       

·                 Ms Sandra Holmes, Science Teacher

·                 Ms Nadia Penn Van Eyssen, Science Teacher

·                 Mr Omid Forouhi , Science Teacher

·                 Mr Nathan Brown, Science Teacher

·                 Mr Umer Mohammed, Science Teacher

·                 Ms Suzanne Offord, Science Teacher

·                 Mr Christopher Pegg, Science Teacher

·                 Ms Julia Barrs-James, Senior Science Technician

·                 Dr Andres Requena, 6th Form Science Technician

·                 Ms Anne Cramp, Science Technician and Science Admin

·                 Mr Michael Nicholls, Science Technician

The Curriculum:

  • KS3

During Key Stage 3 pupils build on their scientific knowledge and understanding and make connections between different areas of science. They use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events, and to understand a range of familiar applications of science. They think about the positive and negative effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and in other contexts.

 

They do more quantitative work, carrying out investigations on their own and with others. They evaluate their work, in particular the strength of the evidence they and others have collected. They select and use a wide range of reference sources. They communicate clearly what they did and its significance. They learn the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.

 

Key Stage 3 science includes the study of:   

 

Year 7 Science

Year 8 Science

Cells

Health and lifestyle

Particles

The periodic table

Forces

Electricity and magnetism

Body Systems

Ecosystem processes

Elements, atoms and compounds

Separation techniques

Sound

Energy

Reproduction

Adaptation and inheritance

Reactions

Metals and acids

Light

Motion and pressure

Acids and alkalis

The Earth

Space

 

 

At Grey Court, pupil progress is regularly monitored, through practical activities, classwork, homework and assessments.  These assessment come in two forms: regular end-of-half term tests and one-off end-of-year tests based on all the topics covered that year.

  • KS4

Students will either study Combined Science (2 GCSE) or Separate Science (3 GCSE) following the Pearson (9-1) GCSE Science courses.

Combined Science (Common for all students in Year 9 and 10)

Biology Topics

Chemistry Topics

Physics Topics

Key concepts

Key concepts

Key concepts

Cells and control

States of matter and mixtures

Motion and forces

Genetics

Chemical change

Conservation of energy

Natural selection and GM

Extracting metals and equilibria

Waves

Health, disease and medicine

The periodic table

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Plants structures and their functions

Rates of reaction and energy changes

Radioactivity

Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Fuels and Earth science

Energy – forces doing work

Exchange and transport in animals

 

Forces and their effects

Ecosystems and material cycles

 

Electricity and circuits

 

 

Magnetism and the motor effect

 

 

Electromagnetic induction

 

 

Particle model

 

 

Forces and matter

 

Each subject is assessed by 2 x 1hour 10 minute written papers (6 in total), which can only be taken at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework or controlled assessment. A double grade (eg 9-9, 9-8) is calculated using the total of the 6 papers.

 

Separate Science (only studied in Year 11)        

 

Biology GCSE

Chemistry GCSE

Physics GCSE

Cells and control (extended)

Transition metals, alloys and corrosion

Motion and forces (extended)

Genetics (extended)

Quantitative analysis

Waves (extended)

Natural selection and GM (extended)

Dynamic equilibria

Light and EM spectrum (extended)

Health disease and medicine (extended)

Chemical cells and fuel cells

Radioactivity (extended)

Plant structures and function (extended)

Tests for ions

Astronomy

Animal coordination, controls and homeostasis (extended)

Hydrocarbons

Forces and their effects (extended)

Exchange and transport in animals (extended)

Polymers

Static electricity

Ecosystems and material cycles (extended)

Alcohol and carboxylic acids

Motor effect (extended)

 

Bulk and surface properties of matter

Electromagnetic induction (extended)

 

 

Particle model (extended)

 

 

Forces and matter (extended)

 

Each GCSE is assessed by 2 x 1hour 45minute written papers (6 in total), which can only be taken at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework or controlled assessment. Each subject receives a separate grade.

 

·         KS5

 

The sixth form currently offer Biology (OCR A), Chemistry (OCR A) and Physics (Pearson) A levels as well as BTEC L3 Applied Science (Pearson) in 3 state of art labs.

 

We also offer specific coaching and mentoring for those students wishing to pursue a career in medicine or veterinary science.

 

Please see the sixth form prospectus for more details.

  • Opportunities

Studying Combined or Separate Science is an excellent grounding for any science A-level. The skills acquired in GCSE science will also be beneficial in any A-level a student may wish to take. Beyond A-level, studying science can lead to careers in Medicine, Veterinary science, Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Pharmaceutical Science.

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All science courses provide the range of skills needed to study any higher education course or follow any career path, not just those related to science.

 

  • Enrichment

The Science department takes part in many enrichment activities. Over the past few years we have run trips to London Zoo, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, and Physics Lectures at Queen Mary University. We have also attended workshops on genetic engineering at Royal Holloway University, the ethics of science at the Wellcome Foundation and many workshops at the National Physical Laboratory. All 6th form scientists are invited to a visit to CERN in Geneva in Year 12 to meet scientists working at the frontiers of particle research.

 

In school, we have a STEM club that runs every Thursday as well as visiting speakers from London universities and scientific organisations.