Science

Science Department

Teaching Staff:

Head of Science and Chemistry:  Mr M McDowell BSc (Hons) PGCE

Head of Biology: Mrs R Patton BSc (Hons) PGCE

Head of Physics: Miss E Savory BSc (Hons) PGCE

Mr S Gough BSc (Hons) PGCE MSc MEd                  Biology, Chemistry and Single Award Science.

Mrs L Kirkpatrick BSc (Hons) PGCE                          Chemistry and Life and Health Science.

Mr A Mauger   BSc Dip Ed                                         Physics and Life and Health Science.

Mrs H Pyper BSc (Hons) PGCE ACE                        Biology and Chemistry.

Mrs P Weir BSc (Hons) PGCE                                   Biology and Chemistry

DSC_8136The Science Department is an enthusiastic group of teachers with a wealth of experience and a range of teaching styles and it aims to provide a challenging and stimulating environment for students to question and discover what is happening around them. 

During their studies students will:

(i)                  learn about, enjoy and respect living things (Biology)

(ii)                study the structure, properties and reactions of different materials (Chemistry)

(iii)               investigate forces, energy and how things work (Physics).

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Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 all pupils study the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum.  The teaching styles employed use a wide range of techniques and pupils are encouraged to be active in the classroom and take responsibility for their learning.  The curriculum is skills orientated and the pupils will develop the skills of making observations, forming hypotheses, carrying out practical work (using a range of apparatus), recording results (choosing and using an appropriate method), analysing the results (e.g. using graphs, looking for trends, etc.) and making predictions. 

The content of the curriculum is taught through topics and these include genetics, the circulatory system, biodiversity, immunity from disease, introduction to materials, reactivity of metals, acids and alkalis, chemicals in space, light, heat, electricity and forces.

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Key Stage 4

At present, all pupils study either CCEA Double Award Science – Unitised or CCEA Single Award Science.

CCEA Double Award Science

It is taught using a coordinated approach with the Biology Department responsible for the Units B1 and B2, Chemistry responsible for Units C1 and C2 and Physics responsible for Units P1 and P2.  Each subject has 3 periods of study per week.

Practical Assessment for Double Award Science is completed in class. 

  • During the course of study, all pupils will perform prescribed practicals. 
  • From January to end of April in Year 12, pupils will complete a 1 hour practical assessment in each subject (i.e. one in Biology, one in Chemistry and one in Physics) – Booklet A.
  • There is a half hour paper with questions about practical situations at the end of the three unit 2 papers (i.e. at the end of B2, C2 and P2) – Booklet B.

 

Single Award Science

Pupils study Single Award Science for 5 periods per week.  They will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and be awarded one GCSE grade.  Pupils will sit modules in the separate sciences at the following times:

  • Biology (unit 1) – November of Year 12
  • Chemistry (unit 2) – Febuary of Year 12
  • Physics (unit 3) – June of Year 12

Practical assessment (unit 4)

  • From January to end of April in Year 12, pupils will complete a 2 hour practical assessment, during which they will complete two practicals from the presecribed practical list (Booklet A)
  • There is a half hour paper with questions about practical situations in June of Year 12 (Booklet B).

 

 

On the separate links (below) you will find more information on Chemistry, Biology and Physics (with A Level Information).  You can also access information on Life and Health Science.


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Chemistry

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