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Marshfields School

A Positive Choice

Aims of the Curriculum

  • For students to adopt a ‘common sense’ approach to everyday life.
  • Students to be scientifically informed so their knowledge allows informed decisions to be made.
  • For the science they learn to be a basis for further study.
  • To provide opportunities to develop skills. Students will have the opportunity to practical and theoretical learning to help develop an enquiring mind.
  • Science to be enjoyable, stimulating and carried out in a safe environment.
  • Students to recognise that ‘Science’ is at work all around them.

Teaching staff

Ms Anderson

Deputy headteacher/Curriculum Science teacher
(Chemistry Specialist)

Mr Washbrook

Curriculum Science leader
(Physics specialist)

The team is supported by a dedicated team of teaching assistants.

Teaching methods/ Resources

Practical ‘hands on’ activities.

Discussions (in pairs, groups and whole class).

Question and answer sessions (differentiated by teacher to check and extend understanding).

Videos (including appropriate ‘you tube’ clips).

Chalk and talk (using mini whiteboards/ mind maps/learning walks).

Creative writing, focus on written communication and key words.

ICT for presentations and research.

Investigations.

Tests (as part of assessment)

Worksheets (differentiated)

Quiz’s (devised by the teacher and students).

Written communication to be checked and marked regularly.

Problem solving (through individual and group work).

Presentations of own work to share learning experiences.

Cut and stick activities to show knowledge and consolidation of learning.

Student organisation       

KS3 (years 7 and 8)

Students are taught in mixed ability groups. Students are studying a variety of topics in the ‘Fusion’ series. Each topic covers approximately four weeks study and the depth of study differentiated to the students being taught.

Year 7 topics:
Body systems
Cells tissues and organs
Elements and compounds
Forces and energy
Light and space
Particles in action
Reproduction
Strike a light
What is happening around us
 
Year 8 topics
Chemical reactions
Ecology
Energy and electricity
Forces and motion
Genes
Health
Heat and sound
Marvellous metals
Our Planet

Year 9 and KS4 (years 10 and 11)

Students are moved into ability groups to allow the student to follow the course most suited to the student with like minded peers.

Currently OCR entry certificate is studied and for those suited to the course GCSE Science is available.

OCR Entry course includes the study of 39 different topics covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each topic taking between 2 to 3 weeks to study and an end of unit test is undertaken by each student. All test papers alongside coursework and practical ‘can do’ tasks are stored for each student.

Students aim for a series of certificates starting with Bronze, Silver and then Gold. This course leads into the preparation of the single GCSE science offered on the OCR syllabus. Those students most able will go on to study the remainder of the GCSE course and will sit two exams at the end of year 11 to comply with the GCSE rules.

The department is always looking to offer courses suitable to the students attending the school, intended to raise aspirations of the students, at any given time and this information may be changed or updated.

Science enrichment

Science homework club: is arranged to suit students' needs. Currently students can arrange break or lunch times to catch up on missed work or simply complete homework or extension tasks.

Arrangements are made on an individual basis for afterschool homework club, as attendance at such times is dependent upon parents/carers arranging transport home.

Science Clubs:  The Department runs a number of lunchtime sessions, ranging from GCSE revision to recorder practice.  Speak to your Science teacher if you would like to know more!

For more details please contact Mr Washbrook - Curriculum area leader for Science.