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Science

Introduction

The Science team at The Sutton Academy share a vision that all students should be passionate about the Sciences and see the application of this subject in everyday life.  We achieve this by linking learning to life experiences and raising awareness and promoting careers links at every opportunity.  We inspire students to develop their key knowledge and practical skills, as well as having a keen focus on guiding all students to become fluent in scientific language.

Our team of twelve staff, with expertise in all three Sciences, enthuse our students and help them learn more about this core subject. The Science department is extremely well resourced and is supported by a highly qualified technician.

Science is taught as a continuous journey developing knowledge and skills at each phase.

We aim to motivate and inspire students through a mixture of practical work, dissection, critical thinking, having fun working in groups, exploring theories and observing chemical reactions.

In sixth form we offer A-level Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and BTEC Level 3 Forensic Science.

Meet the Team
Miss Booth Mr Addison Mr Hill Mrs Kilshaw

Faculty Leader
Science
Curriculum Leader
KS5 Science
Assistant Faculty Leader Curriculum Leader Science STEM
Mrs Mainey Miss Hutchinson Miss Jones Miss Ayrton

Curriculum Leader
KS3 Science
Teacher of Science Teacher of Science Teacher of Science
Mr McWean Mr Sykes Miss Gill Mr Holme

Teacher of Science Teacher of Science Teacher of Science Teacher of Science
Miss Smallwood Miss Blackburn    

   
Teacher of Science Laboratory Technician    

Phase 1 – Year 7 & 8 

Phase 1 - Year 7 & 8
What will I study?

All students in phase 1 study the Combined Science National Curriculum where they will be inspired to make progress in; the fundamentals of Science and transferrable life skills. The programme of study will include a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics, designed to build on their prior knowledge, whilst enhancing their scientific skills needed for phase 2. This starts with the ‘The Safety in Science Project’, which aims to promote engagement and independent learning.

Within each topic students are given the opportunity to develop their key investigative and analytical skills through a vast range of practical activities. They are given the opportunity to act like real scientists, by creating/amending methods, recording observations and drawing conclusions. All students will have a Practical book to complete various write ups. Like real scientists, they will document their findings in an organised way. Practical skills will be further developed in phase 2 and 3 of the Science curriculum.

Science schemes of work are enriched with opportunities to raise awareness of STEM careers. This includes but is not limited to; students taking part in a range of STEM learning activities throughout phase 1 of the curriculum. This aims to further enhance their career aspirations.

How will I be assessed?

Students’ practical skills and subject knowledge are assessed within each topic through the use of assessments during calendared assessment points. These will provide the students with their ‘Working Towards Grade’. After each formal assessment, students receive personalised targets, with tasks embedded to further secure knowledge of their weaker areas. Students also receive written feedback in exercise books which aims to identify and correct mistakes/misconceptions.

Phase 2 & 3 – Year 9, 10 & 11 

Phase 2 Year 9
What will I study?

All students will study topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will build on knowledge and skills from Phase 1 and prepare for Phase 3. These topics are linked to specific fields of the different sciences for example; Immunology, Particle Physics and Organic Chemistry which will help students identify areas they particularly enjoy and give ideas for possible careers for their future.

How will I be assessed?

Students’ practical skills and subject knowledge are assessed within each topic through the use of assessments during calendared assessment points. These will provide the students with their ‘Working Towards Grade’. After each formal assessment, students receive personalised targets, with tasks embedded to further secure knowledge of their weaker areas. Students also receive written feedback in exercise books which aims to identify and correct mistakes/misconceptions.

Phase 3 Year 10 & 11 
What will I study?

All students will study the new AQA Combined Science GCSE as a minimum with some students studying Triple Sciences, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

What skills will I develop?

As well as learning key science content, students will develop investigative skill and will learn to work collaboratively like real Scientists. All students will carry out purposeful practical activities as part of our day to day lessons. This makes Science relevant in our world and fun!

How will I be assessed?

Knowledge & understanding will be assessed through 6 written exam papers at the end of year 11. Questions include multiple choice, structured questions, closed short answer questions and open response. Practical skills are also assessed in the examination papers and students will have to carry out 21 Required Practicals in their lessons. Each paper is worth 16.7% of their final grade.

Key Stage 5 

What will I study?

At Key Stage 5, we offer a choice of A Level Biology; Chemistry; and Physics; as well as BTEC Level 3 Forensic Science, which covers all three subjects.

What skills will I develop?

During phase 3, it is important that you learn what and why. This is taken further at Key Stage 5 by you needing to be able to apply it to different situations. In order to do this, you will need to read around the subject and look more in depth. This is best done through independent learning, which is a key skill that you will continue to develop. Practical Skills will also be improved, ensuring that you would be ready to carry out experiments and investigations at University or Industry level.

How will I be assessed?

In A Level, you will be formally assessed at the end of each year with exams, which contain a practical element backed up by assessments during practicals throughout the year. Throughout the year, you will also be assessed with End of topic exams, Mock exams and other assessments such as multiple choice questions or essay questions, depending on the subject.

In BTEC, you will be formally assessed with an external exam in Year 12, a practical exam with an external moderator in Year 13 and 2 internally assessed units with assignments. Throughout the year, you will also be assessed by Mock exams.