Science

Staff

Head of Department:    U. Mullarkey

Second in Science:  E. Wilgoss

Director of Science Learning/ A-level Chemistry: A. Sullivan

Teacher of Science/ A-level Physics: N. Thompson

Teacher of Science/ A-level Biology:  J. John

Teacher of Science/ A-level Biology: N. Sier

Teacher of Science: S. Bonnar

Teacher of Science: R. Fowowe

Teacher of Science: D. Doran

Teacher of Science: J. Rothman

Teacher of Science: S Miah

Teacher of Science: N Azim

Science Technican: G Stabb

Science Technicial: L. Woolward

 

Science is about investigating how the natural world works. Our Science courses are designed to engage students' interests at every level by providing relevant and inspiring academic content and practical opportunities to undertake scientific enquiry and learn about the scientific process.

 

Our science qualifications provide choice and flexibility to suit students of different abilities and aptitudes, supporting them from understanding the basics to going on to pursue a career in science.

 

KS3 Science

As quoted from the www.education.gov.uk:

 

‘The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.’

 

In Year 7 students study the following topics:

 

Autumn Term

• How Science Works Induction to Science

• Cells and Body Systems

• Particles and Separation

They will be assessed on these topics at the end of the Autumn Term

 

Spring Term

• Reproduction

• Acids, Alkalis and Reactions

• Electricity and Magnetism

 

They will be assessed on these topics in May

 

Summer Term

• Forces and Space

• Earth and the Atmosphere

 

In Year 8 students study the following topics:

Autumn Term

• Adaptations and Inheritance

• Waves, Light and Sound

• Atoms, Compounds and the Periodic Table

 

They will be assessed on these topics at the end of the Autumn Term

Spring Term

• Health and Lifestyle

• Metals, Acids and Materials

• Speed, Moments and Pressure

They will be assessed on these topics in May

Summer Term

• Photosynthesis and Ecosystems

• Energy

 

Useful KS3 Website links

www.scibermonkey.org/

www.dontstoplearning.com/ks3science/contents.htm

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science

www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science

www.sciencenews.org/view/interest/id/3/topic/Science_News_For_Kids

www.innerbody.com

www.schoolscience.co.uk/interactives

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3

 

Special Events for KS3

 

Year 7 – Big Bug and Reptile show

Students in Year 7 are invited to experience some exotic creatures at first hand. They learn about their habitat, camouflage, feeding relationships, adaptations and classification.

This links in to the Cells and Variation topic and Ecology topics they study in Year 7.

Animals they may experience are: Scorpions - Tarantula - Giant Millipedes - Giant Hissing Cockroaches - Death's Head Cockroaches - Stick insects - Flying stick insects - Leaf insects – chameleons – snakes – iguanas.

 

You can find out more on the following website: www.thebugman.co.uk

 

Year 8 – Forensic Day

Students in Year 8 are invited to apply their scientific knowledge to real life by becoming ‘Super Sleuths’ and solving a mock crime using forensic techniques.

Some of the techniques they may use to eliminate the suspects one by one include the analysis of saliva, blood spatter patterns, refractive index and trace analysis.

These use scientific methods that will allow them to practise their investigation skills and puts these methods into a real life context.

http://www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk/news/dagenham_school_makes_its_own_csi_film_all_in_the_name_of_science_1_2281280

 

STEM events

In conjunction with the Maths and Technology department, gifted and talented students are identified by teachers to take part in a STEM challenge with other schools.

 

This year we will be taking students to Palmers Catholic Academy to take part in such a challenge and compete against other schools in the area.

Key Stage 4 Program of Study

 

Combined Science: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Biology GCSE: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry GCSE: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics GCSE: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

There are two options for the key stage 4 program of study. Students either follow the AQA Combined

 

Science: Trilogy, which is worth two GCSE’s or take separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics (three in total).

 

The majority of students will be enrolled onto the Combined Science: Trilogy which is similar to the previous specifications of Core and Additional Science. This is a challenging science course which incorporates detailed science concepts and covers the three main components of science, chemistry, biology and physics.

 

For those students who are both excelling in science at KS3 and who choose to take science as an option at the end of year 8, then these students are enrolled onto the Triple Science award. Here they will take three GCSE’s, one each for chemistry, biology and physics. Be aware however that this option is invite only.

 

Useful Websites KS4

www.aqa.org.uk

www.docbrown.co.uk

www.bitesizerevision.co.uk

www.skoool.co.uk

www.biology.about.com

www.biology4all.com

www.weblearn.sheffield.ac.uk

www.nature.co.uk

www.newscientist.co.uk

www.biologymad.com

www.s-cool.co.uk

A Level Biology (AQA)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

 

A-level Biology is a challenging, rewarding course that helps students develop skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career. It offers opportunity for independent progression from GCSE Science or Biology.

 

The course will be examined by three terminal exams (at the end of year 2), but students will be entered into AS Biology, and hence will take two exams at the end of the first year. These grades will be used to help determine overall targets, and to help with UCAS applications. Students will also have to cover 12 required practicals over the 2 years which look to develop practical, analytical and research skills.

 

A-level Biology builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE combined science: trilogy course or triple award science. Students who study A-level Biology may go on to a Biology-related degree course.

Students in Year 12 and 13 have three 11/2 hour sessions each week for the subject and will be set a piece of homework each lesson. Students have access to Kerboodle which allows for independent study via the digital textbook used in class, study guides, self-assessment tools, maths skills booster worksheets and revision podcasts.  Biology revision/intervention sessions will be held on a Tuesday after school for those students selected to attend.

 

A-level Chemistry (AQA)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

 

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. It allows students to help understand the inner workings of the world around them, explaining concepts such as atomic orbitals, enthalpy and entropy.

 

The course will be examined by three terminal exams (at the end of year 2), but students will be entered into AS Chemistry, and hence will take two exams at the end of the first year. These grades will be used to help determine overall targets, and to help with UCAS applications.

 

A-level Chemistry builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE combined science: trilogy course or triple award science. Students who study A-level Chemistry may go on to a Chemistry-related degree course. For those students who are interested in a medical related career, an A-level in chemistry is a must.

 

A-level Physics (AQA)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-7407-7408

 

A-level physics allows students to appreciate how fundamental science works and to topics such as nuclear physics, astrophysics and electricity.

 

The course will be examined by three terminal exams (at the end of year 2), but students will be entered into AS Physics, and hence will take two exams at the end of the first year. These grades will be used to help determine overall targets, and to help with UCAS applications.

 

A-level Physics builds on the concepts and skills developed in the GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE combined science: trilogy course or triple award science. Students who study A-level Physics may go on to a Physics-related degree course.

 

 

 

 

 

Address

 

Terling Road,

Wood Lane,

Dagenham

RM8 1JT

Phone

 

Tel: 0208 270 4242

Fax: 0208 595 4024

 

E-mail

 

office@allsaintsschool.co.uk

 

School hours

 

Monday to Friday

8.40am - 3.15pm