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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 Key Stage.

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
Mrs Booth Mr Hill Miss Jones Mr Davidson

Faculty Leader
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Assistant Faculty Leader Curriculum Leader
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Teacher of Science
Mrs Mainey Miss Hutchinson Mr Addison Miss Ayrton

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Mr McWean Mr Sykes Miss Gill Mrs Smallwood

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Years 7, 8 & 9 

What will I study?

The initial goal of our curriculum is to secure a solid understanding of the fundamental aspects of the Big Ideas in Science as a means of recognising that our students come to us with varying experiences of the sciences.

At TSA, the science curriculum is aligned with the National Curriculum. The programme of study is structured to inspire all students to make progress in the fundamentals of science whilst fostering transferrable life-skills.

In line with York University/Salters Institute B.E.S.T. recommendations, our curriculum makes good use of the research-led evidence base to inform appropriate sequence, coherence and progression. Learning experiences make full use of diagnostic activities embedded to reveal common preconceptions and misconceptions.

The curriculum provides the opportunity for key concepts to be revisited regularly which supports with the retention of knowledge and progression towards abstract concepts.  This evidence-informed curriculum also has the key scientific skills woven throughout, enhancing investigative skills needed in preparation for the next key stage. The development of disciplinary skills begins in Year 7 with our ‘The Safety in Science Project’, which aims to promote engagement and independent learning. All students will have a practical booklet to complete various written reports. They are given the opportunity to act like real scientists, by creating/amending methods, recording observations and drawing conclusions. Like real scientists, they will document their findings in an organised way and use their observations to formulate conclusions or evaluate accepted theories.

Our focus on scientific literacy helps students to develop their confidence in feeling that they know about science: the extent to which a young person sees science as relevant to everyday life science is ‘everywhere.

The development of practical skills is a sustained focus across all topics throughout the curriculum preparing the students for the real world, study at A-Level and any future endeavour they wish to pursue.

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.

Years 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 key stage 5, 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.