Mrs S M Dolloway
Miss J L Green
Mr M Azeem
Mrs E Banks
Mr A Champagne-Simmons
Mrs S A Uttley
Mrs J Whitehead
Mrs N Wright
Mrs F Picken
Dr R Moore
At King Edward VI High School, we aim to stimulate a curiosity and interest in Science that will stay with pupils beyond their school life. Carl Sagan (An American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist) said: “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” We strive to change this.
What do we teach?
Key Stage 3
At KS3, pupils study a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics aimed at developing a secure understanding of Science’s big ideas, such as the structure and function of living organisms, the particulate nature of matter, energy and forces. In years 7 and 8, we are very much about laying down solid foundations upon which our KS4 curriculum can successfully build. We deliver engaging lessons which motivate pupils to be the best they can be.
Our curriculum is based upon the 2013 Science National Curriculum and topics covered are:
Not only do we want students to gain scientific knowledge, but to develop higher level thinking skills which will enable them to experiment, analyse, evaluate and persevere, working both independently and with others. To this end, our curriculum contains a significant amount of practical work across all key stages.
There are two pathways at KS4 – AQA Combined Science, otherwise known as Trilogy or AQA’s Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The Separate Sciences are aimed at our most able pupils and those who have a real love of Science. It is the ideal pathway for those wishing to study Science at A level and beyond. In Year 9, the Separate Science content is delivered to both Sets 1 & 2, but once pupils move into Year 10, Separate Science is chosen as an option and then only carried forward by Set 1. We aim to have approximately 25% of our cohort taking the Separate Science route.
Topics covered are:
Year 10 & 11
All required practicals are recorded in red A4 exercise books. This provides all pupils with a clear record of the practicals required for the exams.
Pupil premium money is regularly used to purchase workbooks for lower ability pupils. These are used in class throughout KS4 to help support pupils and embed learning.
All three Sciences are offered for study at A Level. As with KS3 & 4, we expect pupils to undertake a significant amount of practical work for their A level studies. This goes above and beyond the statutory requirements of each course. Pupils’ documentation for each official practical task is kept in laboratory folders which are routinely scrutinised by the exam boards.
With all our A level Sciences we aim to nurture students’ passion for the subjects and lay the foundations for further study and the workplace.
AQA A Level Biology
First year of A-level:
Second year of A-level:
OCR A Level Chemistry
Content is split into six teaching modules:
AQA A Level Physics