At Westleigh, all students follow Science courses from Year 7 to 11. We combine the three traditional sciences of biology, chemistry and physics together with aspects of astronomy and earth science.
Science is a core subject in the National curriculum and regular assessment, both informally during normal lessons and more formally in practical and written tests, is integral to the courses in all years. Much of our science teaching is approached by way of practical investigations in which students have the opportunity to plan and carry out some of their own experiments.
Use of ICT is becoming integral to the teaching of science. Interactive whiteboards are used for teaching and pupils are able to access computers in each laboratory. Students are encouraged to develop their IT skills wherever possible within the science curriculum. We encourage high standards of presentation, the use of good English and the development of a sound mathematical approach to science, supporting the national literacy and numeracy strategies.
Homework is set on a regular basis and usually consists of written work, review and learning exercises.
The Science Department is situated in 2 blocks and consists of 6 modern laboratories and 1 computer room. All the laboratories are fully equipped with interactive white boards, computers, power, gas, water supply and scientific equipment.
Science at KS3
We believe that Science should be stimulating and enjoyable.
Science throughout KS3 is taught in ability groups for 3 (1 hour) lessons a week. All material is derived from Exploring Science schemes of work.
Each unit is of a highly practical nature, students having ample opportunity to develop basic scientific skills. There is also opportunity for pupils to design and carry out their own investigations and develop independent skills.
A weekly extra-curricular science club also gives pupils with a particular enthusiasm for science the chance to carry out some more unusual experiments and activities.
Science at KS4
We believe in personalising learning and offer a wide range of courses at KS4 to meet the needs of our students.
Triple Award Science is available for pupils wishing to pursue an academic science career and results in a GSCE in each of the three science disciplines; biology, chemistry and physics.
Core Science is studied by year 10 and follows the statutory requirement allowing pupils to gain one GCSE.
Additional Science is studied by Year 11 pupils and leads to a further GCSE at the end of Year 11.
Many enrichment activities take place such as visits, guest speakers and residentials.
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Page updated: 18/10/2018