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Science

'The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible' EINSTEIN

'Our vision in the Science department is to prepare all students for the increasingly technological world around them. All students are naturally inquisitive about the biological, material and physical world. It is our aim to harness that enthusiasm through investigation, experimentation, and debate.'

Teaching Styles

Science teaching involves a wide range of styles. It is heavily based on practical work, but also involves discussion, group work and investigations.

We have a purpose built block where all of the laboratories have been recently refurbished. All laboratories are well resourced with data projectors and interactive whiteboards and we have many items of specialist equipment to enhance the teaching of science at all levels.

Homework

Homework is set on a regular basis in line with the school Homework Policy. In Year 7 students receive two 30 minute slots of homework. This may involve written work, reading or research.

Extra Curricular

In science we encourage learning outside of the classroom, including trips to museums and zoos. We run a weekly science club and we regularly enter students for scientific competitions, masterclasses and the school science fair.

Grouping

Grouping in science is decided on a year by year basis, with results in end of module tests and end of year examinations determining the set for the following year. Initial setting in Year 7 is done through results from junior schools.

Key Stage 3 

Every year contains twelve topics, four from each science. These units are delivered in about ten lessons. We have a strong tradition of teaching the individual sciences through subject specialists and we do this wherever possible.

YEAR 7 contains the following topics;
Tissues and transplants, Sex and science, Ecology matters, Classified, Acids and alkalis, Bubbles, bangs and burning, What a waste, Materials from the earth, Energy and sustainable living, Electrical circuits, Forces and their effects, The solar system and beyond. 
YEAR 8 contains topics such as food and digestion, respiration, compounds and elements, rocks, light and sound.

YEAR 9 contains topics such as inheritance, photosynthesis, reactivity of metals, energy, gravity and space.

Key Stage 4  

Students at this level can either take all three sciences giving three GCSEs, or spend less time studying each science for a double science qualification. This will still prepare them for an A level science if they wish, or alternatively they can opt to do applied science which is more coursework based and shows them how science is used in health, forensics and materials.

Further details of the course content, method of study and assessment structure can be found in the Key Stage 4 Options booklet.

Key Stage 5 

We offer A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and many students go on to study these and related subjects at university. We also offer Applied Science as a more portfolio based course for those who prefer to study in this way.

Full details of the courses offered by the Hitchin Schools Sixth Form Consortium are shown in the Consortium Prospectus.