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    Science

    Welcome to the Science Faculty

    Staff

    • Mrs N Jeffries - Head of Science Faculty
    • Dr T Jackson - Head of Physics
    • Mr A Murphy - Head of Biology
    • Mrs S Ngochi - Head of Chemistry
    • Mr M Ahmed – KS3 coordinator
    • Miss S Nelson- STEM co-ordinator and Teacher of Science
    • Mr B Aitken - Teacher of Science (Year 12 Director)           
    • Mr M Doran - Teacher of Science and Gifted and Talented Coordinator
    • Mr N Khan - Teacher of Science
    • Dr N McGeady - Teacher of Science
    • Mrs M Davies - Teacher of Science
    • Mrs M Molfeta - Teacher of Science
    • Mr M Kainth - Teacher of Science
    • Mrs A Vishnoi – Teacher of Science
    • Mrs D Vyas - Senior Science Technician
    • Ms M Bashova - Technician
    • Ms K Imiolczyk - Technician
    • Miss T Chapaneri - Technician

     

    Aims and Philosophy

    Science is diverse and exciting.  It helps students to explore the world around them and understand so many things that have such relevance to daily life. Students must, therefore, have the best possible support for learning science at school. It is this capacity to which we seek to build and extend upon.

     

    Key Stage 3

    KS3 Science is delivered in two years across Year 7 and 8.  Students are taught in mixed ability groups in year 7. Setting of students takes place early in Year 8, and all students are monitored and tracked to ensure progression and preparation to embark upon GCSE courses in Year 9. The range and content of the course is delivered as units. During the course, units focus primarily on one science discipline (i.e. Chemistry, Biology or Physics). In order to deepen and broaden knowledge, skills and understanding a number of key concepts are addressed through the range and content. 

     

    Key Stage 4

    KS4 Science is delivered from the start of Year 9 to the end of Year 11.  The Science GCSE curriculum changed from September 2015;  Year 9 students will embark on either a combined science GCSE (worth 2 GCSEs) or triple science (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs). 

    All Science GCSEs are held together by an underlying emphasis on ‘How Science works’ in different contexts and as such, students are expected to complete a series of ‘core practicals’ which will be assessed through the terminal exams. 

    There are a number of opportunities provided by this course such as encouraging students to develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and exploring the implications of science for society. The aim is to develop the scientific literacy needed for adult life to enable all students to engage with an increasingly scientific and technological society. The exam board followed at KS4 is AQA. All external science exams are assessed terminally (no coursework). For Subject Content and Assessment for each GCSE Science Specification click on the link below.

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science

     

    Key Stage 5

    A summary of the exam boards for each KS5 Science course:-

    Biology             Edexcel

    Chemistry       OCR

    Physics             AQA

    Details of specifications and a description of each course can be located on the individual department page.

     

    Extra Curricular

    A KS3 Science/STEM club for Year 7 and 8 is offered. A wide variety of trips, visits, presentations by external speakers and competitions related to science are arranged and offered to different groups of students at all key stages. The aim of this is to provide science enrichment opportunities in a number of different contexts.

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    Biology

    Biology is within the Science Faculty

    Staff

    • Mr A Murphy - Head of Department
    • Ms S Nelson – STEM coordinator and teacher
    • Mr B Aitken - Teacher (Year 12 Director)
    • Mrs N Jeffries - Head of Science Faculty
    • Mr M Ahmed – Teacher of Science and KS3 Coordinator
    • Mrs Krystyna Imiolczyk - Biology Technician

    Key Stage 5

    The Biology course at Bishop Ramsey follows the new Edexcel specification from 2015.

    At AS students get the opportunity to study the structure of Biological molecules, the human circulatory system, cell ultrastructure, the genetic background behind inherited diseases and the associated symptoms of these diseases and the structure of plants and how humans have made use of their properties.  

    A2 builds on AS understanding and looks and the human immune system and the associated element of forensic science. The biochemistry of Photosynthesis and Respiration is unwound as well as the detailed working and structures of the human brain and nervous system. The interactions within an ecosystem are studied as well as the science behind sports participation, such as muscle contraction and sporting injuries and how the body maintains its balance.

    From 2015 there is no coursework element to A Level Biology. The skills that were traditionally developed and assessed using coursework have been incorporated into the course and are assessed during the formal exams.

    It is a demanding course but we aim to capture the enthusiasm of the students and ensure they have the skills to take Biology further.

     

    Extra Curricular

    The Biology department encourages all pupils to attend lectures and seminars given by Universities. These provide the pupils with an insight into University experience and a glimpse into the most up to date research that is taking place. 

    Events recently attended include various lectures offered by The Royal Society, including 'The Origin of Complex Life' give by Professor Nick Lane of UCL and a Year 12 trip to London Zoo. 

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    Chemistry

    Chemistry is within the Science Faculty

    Staff

    • Mrs S Ngochi - Head of Chemistry
    • Dr N McGeady - Teacher of Chemistry
    • Mr M Doran - Teacher of Chemistry
    • Mr M Kainth - Teacher of Chemistry
    • Miss T Chapaneri - Chemistry Technician

     

    Key Stage 5

    Chemistry A in A Level Chemistry (H432) – is a content-led approach. A flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written papers and, for A level only, the Practical Endorsement.  The first four modules comprise the AS Level in Chemistry A course and learners studying the A Level continue with the content of modules 5 and 6. The internally assessed Practical Endorsement skills also form part of the full A level.

    Content Overview

    • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

    • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

    • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

    • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

    • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

    • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

    Students will sit three external exam papers at the end of A2, which will assess their knowledge and understanding of all topics covered in Years 12 and 13.

     

    Extra Curricular Activities

    Students are given the opportunity to attend lecture days and workshops throughout the year run by some of the local universities and other organisations. Students have recently attended cosmetic science workshops, lectures and workshops at UCL and in house lectures delivered by visiting speakers.

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    Physics

    Physics is part of the Science Faculty

    Staff

    • Dr T Jackson - Head of Department
    • Mrs M Davies - Teacher of Physics
    • Miss M Molfeta - Teacher of Physics
    • TBC – Physics Technician

     

    Key Stage 5

    At Key Stage 5 we deliver the AQA Physics A syllabus leading to GCE Physics A2 at the end of Year 13. The exam board website is www.aqa.org.uk.

    At AS students stare assessed internally throughout the year. Students will not sit external exams at the end of AS. Lab books need to be kept in order to qualify for an endorsement of practical skills at the end of the 2 year course.

    At A2 students sit three external examinations, each worth 33% of A2. There is no coursework. The first examination covers mainly topics studied in Year 12. Paper 2 will consist mainly of material studied in Year 13, including one of four option topics which we will choose based upon the interests and strengths of the students each year. The option topics are ‘Astrophysics’, ‘Medical Physics’, ‘Applied physics’, ‘electronics’  and ‘Turning Points in Physics’.  Both the compulsory material and the option topic are examined by means of long answer questions. At A2 especially there is a high level of advanced mathematics embedded in the course, hence we require students to also study Mathematics to A2, with Further Mathematics to AS or A2 also being highly desirable, particularly for students aiming to study Physics or Engineering at Oxbridge or other Russell Group universities.

    Results in Physics at each of GCSE, AS and A2 have been consistently strong in recent years, both in absolute terms and in respect of ‘value added’. We have seen many students progress on to university degree courses in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Medicine and Architecture. 

     

    Extra Curricular Enrichment and Wider Support

    Extra-curricular opportunities are sought to extend students’ understanding and application of material. At Key Stage 5 enrichment has been provided by means of the following:

    • Year 13 will visit the Fusion Research Centre in Oxfordshire

    • After school tutorials and revision classes

    • Opportunities for students to attend university physics and engineering department induction days and visits

    • All A level students are encouraged to join the Institute of Physics and to take advantage of the resources and presentations which are available

    • Direct support to students seeking work placements, apprenticeships and university sponsorship and with university applications (including Oxbridge)