Science

Ethos

Science at Shenley Brook End School means discovery. Discovery of how the world works, how scientific ideas develop and how we learn by experimentation. We are committed to providing a stimulating, engaging and intellectually challenging learning environment to enable all our students to fulfil their potential.

 

 

 


The Team

The science team is made up of 14 full time fully qualified science teachers. Technician support is provided by a senior science technician and four further technicians and a curriculum team support assistant.

The science department is based on the ground floor in twelve science laboratories and three preparation rooms. With an emphasis on learning through doing we are well equipped for practical experimentation.

 

 


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, the department follows our own schemes of work written by Shenley Brook End teachers for our students. These are based around a central theme for each topic. Each topic is about 5 weeks in duration with an assessment at the end of each topic this can be in the form of a test or project. The aim is to enthuse students with an appreciation of scientific learning. We aim to provide a grounding in biology, chemistry and physics as well as an introduction to scientific problem solving and the use of evidence to develop theories. The emphasis of key stage 3 is on practical and investigative work with a constant effort to relate what we teach to the world around the students. Classes are taught in broad bands of ability and are mainly blocked for science in half year groups.


Key Stage 4

In Year 9 all students begin with Science For All, these are consolidation topics of core scientific principles. In the Easter term all students follow the Science for Scientists skills units. Students begin their GCSE courses in the summer term. At Key Stage 4, we offer a variety of courses, tailored to each individual student’s needs, including OCR Science A (Core), Additional Science and OCR Triple Science. Each of these courses is chosen to encourage learning by the provision of relevant and engaging topics.

Core and Additional classes are taught in bands of ability and are blocked for science in two half year groups. There are nine modules of work for Core science and a further nine for Additional science. Each module is recognisably one of biology, chemistry or physics and each one has an associated test. Again the emphasis is on practical and investigative work with an effort to relate what we teach to the world around the students. GCSE exams are taken in June of year 10 and year 11.

A data analysis and a case study form the Core science coursework requirements account for 25% of the final core GCSE grade.

A full practical investigation is completed for the additional science coursework which accounts for 25% of the Additional GCSE grade.

The triple Science course leads to a separate GCSE qualification in each subject. This is a demanding option for students and is comprised of 7 topics per subject. A practical investigation is completed for each of the subjects as coursework which accounts for 25% of the GCSE grade for each subject.


Key Stage 5

We offer A-level courses in Biology (AQA syllabus), Chemistry (OCR A syllabus), Physics (OCR/IoP Advancing Physics syllabus) and Environmental Studies (AQA syllabus). These courses aim to extend the scientific learning from Key Stage 4 and provide a great springboard to higher education or employment.


Extended Learning in Science

We are always seeking to extend the learning of science outside of the classroom. We run a variety of trips including Kew Gardens, with the Art department and the Space Centre in Leicester with the Design department are just two examples. We also run CREST award based science club along with Astronomy and Geology clubs.