The Science department is a dedicated and passionate department that constantly strives to give all students an outstanding experience every time they step foot into the department. The overall aim of the department is to cultivate an enquiring and critical mind by continuing student’s introduction to that body of knowledge called science so that they:-
a) Develop an awe of nature and a realisation of our responsibility towards it and each other
b) Appreciate the contribution to our lives of individual scientists and the scientific method
c) Understand that scientific and technical progress does not take place in a moral vacuum and that evaluation of the ethics of scientific developments must be well informed and balanced
d) Are encouraged to take an active interest in science throughout their lives.
All staff love their subject and actively encourage their students to strive to be the best scientists they can be. There is a strong ethos of team work and collaborative planning within Science.
The Academy’s Vision has helped shape our curriculum choices for KS3/4/5. An example of this, is during KS3 we are focusing on the scientific skills required to help all students fulfil their life, regardless of their future career path. We also do not shy away from safe and balanced debate on the origin of species or the universe. We cover topics that include: Genetic Engineering, Evolution, Climate Change, Origins of the Universe and Ethical issues throughout. We teach thorough, reasoned responses and respect all views. It is important to us that the students succeed in Science but we strongly encourage students to develop their own opinions based on their experiences and cultural heritage.
We recognise the importance of helping every child to fulfil their potential and do this by offering full GCSE's in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This widens opportunities for a student who wishes to study at college, university or beyond.
Mr L Chapman (LCh) – Head of Science
Mr Askew - Teacher of Science
Mrs C Cain (CCa) – Assistant Vice Principal/ Teacher of Science
Mr L Bradley (LB) – Assistant Vice Principal/ Teacher of Science
Mrs J Adsett (JAd) – Teacher of Science
Mrs H Watkins (HWa) – Teacher of Science
Mrs A Hencher (AH) – Teacher of Science
Mr R Mudge (RM) - Teacher of ScienceÂ
Mr G Sampson (GS) - Assistant Vice Principal/Teacher of Science
Mr Walji - Teacher of Science
Mr Rose - Science Technician
The Science department is situated over two floors in Cleeve wing of All Saints’ Academy. There are 7 teaching rooms and a main prep room. Each room is fully equipped to complete most practical science work and also has an interactive white board and normal white board.
Year 7 and 8
In Year 7 and 8 students are taught the underpinning ideas of science which builds on the knowledge of primary school. Students are taught practical skills which will enable them to consolidate and apply their learned knowledge. The science team work to ensure that learning is active, relevant and engaging.
At All Saints’ Academy we follow the AQA KS3 syallabus, which uses big ideas and mastery goals to equip students for success at GCSE.
Each term has a different focus ranging from ‘Humans’ to ‘Reactions’ to ‘Forces’ and many more! The main focus is knowledge and skill development that will aid understanding in GCSE, A-Level and beyond.
GCSE Science follows one of two paths from Year 9 onwards. Either following AQA Trilogy Science, or The AQA Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- For those completing the Trilogy specification there will be six Exams, each 1 hour and 15 minutes. These will be broken into two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics exams.
- The Separate Sciences will still complete six exams, but they will each be 1 hours and 45 minutes and are again broken into two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics exams.
- There is no longer coursework in Science GCSE and instead we have required practicals that students must complete and show an understanding of. These will appear within the test paper themselves at the end of Year 11.
Year 9 will start with the fundamental concepts of GCSE Science. They are taught all three sciences and will cover units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout the year.
The topics for Biology include Cell Biology, Organisation of Organisms, Infection and Response and Bioenergetics (Photosynthesis and Respiration).
In Chemistry we look at atomic structure, bonding (ionic, covalent and metallic), quantitative Chemistry, energy changes and chemical changes.
Physics starts with the Energy topic. After this we move to Electricity, atomic structure and molecules and matter.
Year 10 continues the development of the Biology GCSE material with students looking at Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation and Evolution and Ecology.
The Chemistry topics include; the rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.
Physics includes; forces, waves and magnetism. Forces is a large topic and will take two cycles of teaching to cover.
Year 11 will spend the time revising and diagnosing any misconceptions or gaps in knowledge. Data analysis and mock examinations provide a clear plan that the students will follow to ensure that they are fully prepared for the real exams in the summer.
This model ensures that pupils can focus on exam skills throughout the course and allow them to be fully prepared for all exams.
In Year 12 and 13 students can choose to follow AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The Science Department has run a variety of trips that enable students to experience Science outside of the classroom. Students have had opportunities to visit events at Cheltenham Science Festival and universities to complete workshops, develop practical skills and attend lectures.
The Science Department engages students with a programme of intervention events after school and during school holidays.
After A Levels students can move into higher education, completing foundation and degree courses specialising in their area of interest.
There are many job opportunities within the world of Science.
There are also a wide range of jobs and careers that utilise Science knowledge and skills nursing, medicine, midwifery, veterinary science, engineering, food industry, hairdressing, scientific research, drug development, teaching and many more.