‘Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.’ – John F Kennedy
The Science department at Bluecoat Meres comprises of five dedicated full-time teaching staff. Our team shares a genuine love and passion for science, and share this with all the students whom we teach.
We support the school’s values by developing our students’ Creativity, Responsibility and Wisdom in all of our lessons:
- We encourage a creative approach to Science so that students learn how to problem solve and apply their ideas in new contexts.
- We promote a responsible and helpful approach to learning, through a balance of independent, paired and group tasks in theory and practical lessons.
- We seek to foster the wisdom that grows from reading scientific literacy and reading around topics of interest and current scientific affairs.
Team and roles within the department
Miss Buffham, Curriculum Team leader and Interim Assistant Headteacher for Quality of Education
Mr Butt, Second in Science
Mr Hulse, Teacher of Science and Head of Socrates House
Miss Ravenscroft, Teacher of Science
Miss Slack, Teacher of Science
The principal focus of Science teaching in KS3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. Examples of these big ideas are the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions. They will be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations.
Students will understand that science is about working objectively, modifying explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas and subjecting results to peer review. Students should decide on the appropriate type of scientific enquiry to undertake to answer their own questions and develop a deeper understanding of factors to be taken into account when collecting, recording and processing data. They will evaluate their results and identify further questions arising from them. Students should develop their use of scientific vocabulary, including the use of scientific nomenclature and units and mathematical representations.
Students will be taught either AQA Trilogy Science, or AQA Separate Sciences. Some students are given the opportunity to sit the AQA Entry Level Certificate in year 9 and 10.
Biology is the Science of living organisms (including animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms) and their interactions with each other and the environment. The study of Biology involves collecting and interpreting information about the natural world to identify patterns and relate possible cause and effect. Biology is used to help humans improve their own lives and to understand the world around them.
Chemistry is the science of the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter, understood in terms of atoms, atomic particles and the way they are arranged and link together. It is concerned with the synthesis, formulation, analysis and characteristic properties of substances and materials of all kinds.
Physics is the science of the fundamental concepts of field, force, radiation and particle structures, which are inter-linked to form unified models of the behaviour of the material universe. From such models, a wide range of ideas, from the broadest issue of the development of the universe over time to the numerous and detailed ways in which new technologies may be invented, have emerged. These have enriched both our basic understanding of, and our many adaptations to, our material environment.
Biology 2x 1h 15m exams
Chemistry 2x 1h 15m exams
Physics 2x 1h 15m exams
AQA Separate Science
Biology 2x 1h 45m exams
Chemistry 2x 1h 45m exams
Physics 2x 1h 45m exams
AQA Entry Level Certificate
Biology 2x Practical Coursework 2x 45m exams
Chemistry 2x Practical Coursework 2x 45m exams
Physics 2x Practical Coursework 2x 45m exams
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