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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

There are 11 teaching staff in the department. All staff teach across Key Stage 3. Staff tend to specialise in Key Stage 4 and 5 in one or two subject areas. Science teaching involves a wide range of styles. It is heavily based on practical work, but also involves discussion, group work and investigations. 

Facilities

We have a purpose built block with ten laboratories. All laboratories are well equipped with data projectors / desktops and appropriate scientific apparatus for experiments. There are 5 full / part-time technicians that support teaching staff with the delivery of practical work. 

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

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.

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 different topics from each subject area of biology, chemistry and physics. Each topic is  delivered in about ten lessons. 

YEAR 7 contains the following topics; Cells, reproduction, food and digestion, microbes, acids and bases, physical changes, mixtures, forces, space and electricity.

YEAR 8 contains  topics such as variation, breathing, plants and ecology, elements, compounds and reactions, explaining chemical changes, magnets, heat and space. 

YEAR 9 We start the GCSE course in September of that year to give students plenty of time to adjust to the level of work demanded at that level.

There are numerous clubs run specifically for Year 7 and 8 students including Science Club, The Biology Society and Engineering Club. 

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. 

We currently follow the OCR Gateway Science suite of courses.

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. These courses all follow OCR specifications. 

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