Miss F. Crossland – Subject Lead Science
Compelling Learning in Science
Our aim is to ensure that our pupils develop the skills to become life – long confident, resilient and reflective learners, who enjoy science. We want pupils to achieve up to and beyond their potential so that they can have the opportunities to gain qualifications in Science, for their own ambitions of future study or careers.
We aim through our curriculum to provide an enjoyable, absorbing and compelling learning experience in order to teach the fundamental knowledge and skills so that all students can:
- Develop an interest and curiosity of their world and relate to real life applications and relevance.
- Have an awareness of the diversity of careers in science and the importance of these in the world today.
- Develop the ability to use scientific inquiry methods including questioning, communicating, justifying and evaluating scientific arguments and claims, as well as implementing practical science methodology.
- Consider the moral, ethical and social implications of science.
- Develop a solid understanding and ability to use and apply scientific knowledge, integrating maths and literacy skills throughout.
The KS4 curriculum is studied over 2 years. We start teaching the Combined Science: Trilogy to pupils from the summer term in year 9. All students who have not chosen Triple Science as an option will study combined science.
The content taught follows the AQA exam board specification and pupils will take 6 exams at the end of year 11.
The course focuses on scientific explanations and models, and gives students an insight into how scientists develop scientific understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit. Students study a wide range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics with practicals, including many required practicals, covered throughout the course.
Pupils who choose Triple Science as an option subject will study a wide range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics in great depth with practicals, including many required practicals, covered throughout the course. The content follows the AQA exam board specification; students will receive a separate grade for each of the separate sciences.
All exams are taken in Year 11 and will be awarded from the new grading system of 9 -1.
Route 1: AQA Combined Science Trilogy (8464)
Pupils will be awarded two GCSEs after completing six exams.
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Route 2 (Option Subject): AQA Separate Science Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8643)
Pupils will take six exams and be awarded three individual GCSEs.
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Falinge Park High School has become the first school in the country to be awarded the Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) accolade in June 2016 by the Museum of Science & Industry. This award is for several enrichment projects which brought together Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in order to inspire students to look more closely at career prospects in these industries. We aim to create a Compelling Learning Experience at Falinge and STEM embraces this.
Alongside our curriculum, our enrichment opportunities develop students as inquisitive thinkers, researchers, team players and leaders, challenging their natural curiosity of the world around them.
Activities may vary to reflect advancements in Science and technology reported in the media. However, opportunities that students have taken part in include:
- Meet the scientist. Different scientists working across a range of scientific industries are invited in to talk about their route into their particular field.
- Visits/Road shows by the STEM Ambassadors – MOSI
- Science Stars trip to Manchester University, gives year 9 students a taste of university life, taking part in hands on science such as having the opportunity to carry out ‘blood’ tests to diagnose diabetes, search for alien life, build a model brain and find out more about the organisms that live in our gut. They also attend a lecture. This year’s lecture was on sports physiology, learning how athletes can use science to help them win Olympic gold medals.
- The Tim Peake Rocket Science challenge, part of a national space biology experiment to grow rocket plants from seeds that have been into space
- Professional Laboratory experience at the University of Manchester.
Women of Wonder event – highlighted and celebrated women who are making a difference in the fields of science and engineering at The University of Manchester.
- STEM club – We provide pupils with a range of fun activities and competitions for all year groups which allow them to develop practical skills, to explore scientific ideas and to enjoy Science. The activities completed in STEM club would not normally be done in lessons and sometimes uses specialist equipment not found at home. For example we have made hexx bugs, magnetic slime, non-Newtonian fluid, candy chromatography and much much more! The club has been running successfully every week for three years.
- Young Scientist – students are identified in year 7 and given the opportunity to develop their Scientific enquiry skills, as well as confidence and communication. They undertake a number of practicals which relate to the real world and finish off the programme by presenting their newly acquired skills to family, friends and staff members during a small presentation evening.
- Bronze Crest Award – students are given the opportunity to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects such as fun at the fair, space exploration and fraud detection. students are encouraged to take ownership of their projects; which they choose in an area they find relevant and enjoyable. This allows students to build essential skills and demonstrate personal achievement, as well as gaining an award that is recognised by UCAS and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
- Wind Turbine Project that involves research, design and construction of a fully functioning wind turbine to produce electricity.
- Royal Society of Chemistry’s Global Experiment to find out the best conditions for growing crystals.
Revision clubs are offered after school and are designed to support students in developing their knowledge and understanding as well as preparing them for their examinations.
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