Science

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Department Vision and Priorities

 

Our department’s vision is for all pupils to enjoy and succeed in Science, with an increasing number continuing their scientific education on leaving The Cumberland School.

 

The department has a number of aims that focus on pupil learning and attainment in Science. We continually share good practice within the department and all team members take part in regular continuing professional development. During 2015-16 we will be focusing particularly on encouraging pupils to enhance their scientific language, scientific skills and develop extended writing skills.

 

We aim to increase the percentage of pupils gaining an accredited qualification in Science. We have selected our KS4 courses carefully, so that we are able to offer a range of qualifications that meet the various needs of our pupils. We currently offer pupils Core Science and Additional Science (but this will change to a new Science Double award accreditation) for pupils starting their GCSE this academic year, Separate Science and Entry Level Science. Our objective is to increase the number of pupils taking two or more scientific subjects.

 

With such a large team, there is a need for a consistent approach. Assessment of pupil progress (APP) guidance provides an important framework within which assessment of pupils work can be verified.

 

The varieties of courses on offer in our department provide pupils with a wide range of experiences to understand and appreciate the importance of Science in their everyday lives.  Such experiences help to develop work place skills that will contribute to future economic wellbeing.

 

Teaching and learning within the curriculum is supported by a number of activities which include student teachers from the London Institute providing various groups of pupils interesting challenges. KS4 pupils made solar cells using drinking straws, while KS3 pupils made gold. We offer Yr7 pupils an after school science club and we have facilitated ourselves with “STEM” to offer pupils scientific experiences and challenges that exist outside the normal school environment.

 

Staffing

Science is taught currently by twelve teachers; these include Mr Willis, Ms Munian, Ms Musoke, Ms Clybum, Mr Chukwuma, Ms Khanam, Mr Kennedy, Ms Strika, Ms Noel, Ms Constable, Ms Ali and Ms Zaman. The department is supported very successfully by three Science Technicians.

 

Curriculum

KS3 Science

The curriculum is taught over 2 and a half years and is designed to prepare all pupils with the fundamentals of science to ensure a smooth transitional progress into their KS4 courses. We incorporate examples of How Science Works (HSW) and Assessing Pupils Progress (APP) into all topics studied. The aim of the course is to make Science relevant to all pupils, so that they can achieve their full potential.

 

 

The KS4 Science

The curriculum is taught over 2 and a half to 3 years dependant on whether pupils have opted to study Double Award Science or Separate Science.

 

Currently Yr10 / Yr11 pupils are following the pre-existing 2016 curriculum. This means that pupils could choice to take either Core Science, Additional Science or Separate science.

 

Core Science

 

Biology contents cover the following headings:

  1. Classification, variation and Inheritance
  2. Responses to a  changing environment
  3. Problems of and solutions to a changing environment

 

Chemistry contents cover the following headings:

  1. The Earth’s sea and  atmosphere
  2. Acids
  3. Obtaining and using metals
  4. Fuels

 

Physics contents cover the following topic headings:

  1. Visible light and the Solar system
  2. The electromagnetic spectrum
  3. Waves and the Universe
  4. Waves and the Earth
  5. Generating and transmission of electricity
  6. Energy and the future

 

Additional Science

 

Biology contents cover the following topic headings:

  1. The building blocks of cells
  2. Organisms and energy
  3. Common systems

 

Chemistry contents cover the following topic headings:

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Ionic compound and analysis
  3. Covalent compounds and separating techniques
  4. Groups in the periodic table
  5. Chemical reactions
  6. Quantitative Chemistry

 

Physic Science contents covers the following topic headings:

  1. Static and current electricity
  2. Controlling and using electrical current
  3. Motion and forces
  4. Momentum, energy, work and power
  5. Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
  6. Benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials

 

Separate Science

 

Biology content covers the following topic headings:

  1. Control systems
  2. Behaviour
  3. Biotechnology

 

Chemistry content covers the following topic headings:

  1. Qualitative analysis
  2. Electrolytic processes
  3. Gases, equilibrium and ammonia
  4. Organic chemistry

 

Physic content covers the following topic headings:

  1. Radiation in treatment and medicines
  2. X-rays and ECG’s
  3. Production, uses and the risk of ionising radiation from radioactive sources
  4. Motion of particles
  5. Kinetic theory and gases

 

Homework

Pupils are set homework in accordance with the school policy. The aim of setting homework is to enhance and extend pupils classroom based learning experience.

 

Assessment

The department deploys arrange of strategies to gage pupil progress and includes the following aspects:

Modular tests, teacher assessed activities, pupil test yourself activities and pupil modular tracking sheets

 

 

Address

 

Cumberland School

Oban Close, London, E13 8SJ

Phone

 

T. 020 7474 0231

F. 020 7511 2510

E-mail

 

contact@cumberland.org.uk

School hours

Monday to Friday

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