A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.
Pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
The attainment of Key Stage 3 pupils is assessed through end of topic tests, factual recall tests and homework activities.
The attainment of Key Stage 4 pupils is assessed through end of topic tests, factual recall tests and homework activities. Full GCSE past papers are used to assess progress at regular intervals throughout the year.
Key Stage 3
As well as completing targeted homework, pupils have access to The Year 7, 8 and 9 Collins textbooks books and a variety of websites. These are available to all Key Stage 3 pupils and can be accessed at any time for consolidation, revision and review.
Key Stage 4
Pupils have access to physics, chemistry and biology textbooks produced by Pearson Longman and a variety of websites to encourage revision and exam practise. CGP revision guides are available to all pupils so they can be used for consolidation, revision and review.
Pupils enjoy a wide range of activities outside normal classroom lessons. Teams compete in competitions such as the RSC’s ‘Chemquiz’ and the Salter’s challenge. Pupils regularly participate in science based activities e.g. visits to Manchester University, Chester Zoo, the Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. Pupils are given the opportunity to visit a range of prestigious universities in conjunction with the Salters’ Chemistry Camp scheme.