The Science department is a dedicated and passionate department that constantly strives to give all students an outstanding experience every time they step put 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 the 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; there are 11 teachers in Science and 2 technicians who support the department.
Mr L Chapman (LCh) – Head of Science
Miss S Ayling (SAy) – Assistant Head of Science/ NQT and Teach First Mentor/ Community Liaison
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 Watt (HW) – Teacher of Science
Mrs A Hencher (AH) – Teacher of Science
Mr R Mudge (RM) - Teacher of Science
Mrs M Warburton (MW) – 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. The department is also equipped with laptop trolleys are students to use in lessons.
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 big idea topic contains four smaller topics that build in complexity. For example ‘Waves’, topics are ordered from simpler, more concrete topics ‘Light’ and ‘Sound’, to more abstract ones ‘Wave properties’ and ‘Wave effects’. These have been created to avoid repetition, draw on various scientific skills and use different contexts.
Year 7 students are taught Part 1 (see outline below). Big topic ideas are completed in Year 8 when they are taught Part 2.
|Part 1 - Taught in Year 7 and Year 7/8||Part 2 - Taught in Year 8 and Year 8/9|
|Electromagnets||Voltage & Resistance||Current||Electromagnets||Magnetism|
|Energy||Energy costs||Energy transfer||Work||Heating and cooling|
|Waves||Sound||Light||Wave effects||Wave properties|
|Matters||Particle model||Separating mixtures||Periodic table||Elements|
|Reactions||Metals & Non-metal||Acids and alkalis||Chemical energy||Types of reaction|
|Earth||Earth structure||Universe||Climate||Earth resources|
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 15minutes. 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 45minutes 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 because some 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 three units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout the year.
The topics for Biology include Cell Biology, Organisation of Organisms and the final Biology unit in Year 9 is Infection and Response.
In Chemistry we look at atomic structure, bonding (ionic, covalent and metallic), nanotechnology and its applications and quantitative Chemistry.
Physics starts with the Energy topic. After this we move to Electricity, which includes the difference between charges, current and potential difference, as well as explaining the reasons for series and parallel circuits and the domestic applications of these. The final Year 9 topic looks at the particle model of matter , the history at the atom and radioactive decay.
Year 10 continues the development of the GCSE material with students looking at Bioenergetics, which will finish the first GCSE paper and looking into the second paper with homeostasis and responding to stimulus, as well and inheritance and variation.
The Chemistry that will finish of the first GCSE paper will be chemical changes and energy changes, and then moving to the second GCSE paper of the rate and extent of chemical changes as well as organic chemistry.
Physics paper one is completed by covering the particle model of matter and atomic structure before moving onto the second paper topics of forces and waves.
Year 11 will finish off the final units for the second paper. The Biology content includes variation and evolution, and ecology. The Chemistry includes chemical analysis, the chemistry of the atmosphere and using the Earth’s resources. The Physics final topics are magnetism and electromagnetism and space.
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 or OCR Applied Science A-Level.
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.