Science and Computing

  • Miss Sandiford -Head of Faculty
  • Mr Evans – Assistant Head Teacher, Teacher of Science and Computing
  • Mrs Isherwood – Head of Year and Teacher of Science
  • Miss Wictome- Science Coordinator
  • Miss Patel- Teacher of Science
  • Miss McCann – Teacher of Science
  • Miss Warren – Teacher of Science
  • Ms Cairns – Science Technician
  • Mr Ali- Teacher of Computing and Business
  • Mr Gately-  Head of Year and Teacher of Computing 

Science

Key Stage 3

Students will reinforce and build on existing knowledge, whilst developing deep and rich knowledge of the “key facts”. 

In addition, students will continue to develop literacy, numeracy, and scientific practical skills and wider scientific roles.

Year 7 and Year 8

Examples of Key Facts sheets

Year 7 and 8 Teaching Plan

Year 9

Students in year 9 will strengthen skills in working scientifically. 

Structure and routines will also be a focus to ensure good preparation for weekly assessments. 

Students will also be introduced to GCSE Science topics without the pressure of grades and targets. This is to encourage students to think widely about more complex scientific ideas.

Students in year 9 deepen their understanding and enhance their scientific skills. Throughout the year students expand on the key stage 3 curriculum. They delve deep into scientific ideas through investigating themes such as ‘Building Blocks,’ ‘Homes’ and ‘Theme Parks.’ Students are stretched and challenged beyond the key stage 3 curriculum in year 9 to ensure that they are well prepared for starting key stage 4 in year 10. 

Key Stage 4

In years 10 and 11 students will be encouraged to think widely about topical Science issues. They will interleave prior content through their ‘Do Now’ opportunities and also through their weekly preparation for assessments. Their detailed understanding of the Science specification will allow them to prepare thoroughly for their final examinations and, with the support of their teachers, students will become independent learners equipped with good exam techniques and study skills.

GCSE Combined Science

Students in Year 10 undertake the new AQA GCSE Combined Science. The subject content is split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics which are rotated over Years 10 and Year 11. The course is linear, which means that students will sit all of their external examinations at the end of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment in this GCSE, however students will be assessed on their practical skills through a number of required practicals during the course. This qualification is worth 2 GCSEs.

GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Students in our top sets study for three Science qualifications. The subject content is split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics which are rotated over Years 10 and Year 11. The course is linear, which means that students will sit all of their external examinations at the end of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment in this GCSE, however students will be assessed on their practical skills through a number of required practicals during the course. This qualification is worth 3 GCSEs.

Computing

Computer Science

Key stage 3

Year 7

Year 7: The year 7 Computer Science course aims to bridge the gap between KS2 and KS3. The students will be introduced to a number of important concepts ranging from E-Safety, the basic use of software, the importance and use of algorithms in computers, the use of binary and some of the key hardware and software components found within a modern computer system. This programme of study is designed to help students understand what makes a computer work.

Year 8

Year 8: Students will build upon their knowledge from Year 7 and start to implement their knowledge of algorithms into real programs using the basic programming language of Scratch through to the popular industry standard Python. Students will be introduced to the basics of computer networks where they will explore the various topologies and be able to determine the best network to use for a given situation. Students will revisit their knowledge of basic binary whilst understanding and completing logic circuits.

Year 9

Students will be introduced to the specification and the topics to be covered during the three year learning journey. Initially, students will learn the basics of binary conversion and how binary is used to create characters, images and sound. Students will then grasp, in some detail, how computer systems works, including the main types of hardware and software. Students must understand the basics of computer networks and network security, enabling them to be aware of one of the most important considerations for businesses and organisations. Finally, students will discover the legal, ethical and environmental issues surrounding computer systems in today’s world. Students must be able to apply their knowledge to a number of different scenarios. Students will also be given the opportunity to be involved in out of school competition to further enrich their knowledge and skills required for computer science.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

Students will learn about the fundamentals of programming during year two of the course. Here, they will be reintroduced to the concept of algorithms and their importance in computer systems and programming. As well as understanding and writing algorithms, students will learn the basic and some more advanced features of Python. This will prepare students for the undertaking of the 20 hour NEA, replicating the process a programmer would go through in a real-life project. Students will also be given the opportunity to be involved in out of school competition to further enrich their knowledge and skills required for computer science.

Year 11

Students will return to, and deepen their knowledge of all the key concepts of computer systems and programming. The third year of the course is a real opportunity to review all content covered in the previous two years and become exam ready. Students will also be given the opportunity to be involved in out of school competition to further enrich their knowledge and skills required for computer science.

BTEC Digital Information Technology

Year 1

Year 1: The first year of the DIT course will introduce the students to the specification and the 3 main components that make up their final grade. Students will understand what a user interface is, the many different versions that exist and their design principles, how they help different users and then use this knowledge to help them plan and create a Graphical User Interface for a given case study.

Year 2

Year 2: The second year of the DIT course will introduce the students to the idea of business data and data modeling. Students will understand the difference between data and knowledge, how data is collated and then interpreted using spreadsheet software. They will then use this knowledge to manipulate data and create a dashboard using spreadsheet software and its many tools. Students will also learn the importance of data backup and security as well as the many forms of communication, business management and collaboration software that are available and its many benefits and potential drawbacks. Additionally, students will spend time preparing for their final examination

GCSE Business

Year 9

The Year 9 Business course introduces students to the dynamics of how a business is set up and organised. Students will also learn the stakeholder theory, business aims and objectives, and the importance of picking a suitable business location. The course will enable individuals to enhance their ability to enter the world of work within a wide range of business organisations. The course also provides valuable opportunities to develop key skills such as ICT, Maths, team working and communication, as well as developing confidence and interpersonal skills.

Year 10

The Year 10 Business course introduces students to the use of technology in the business world, business ethics, globalisation, organisational structures, the recruitment and selection process, staff training, motivation theories as well as business marketing. This will enable students to have a deeper understanding of the businesses that they will work for or run, and the key driving factors and inhibitors that impact the environment.

Year 11

The Year 11 Business course introduces students to the many sources of finance available to businesses, the concept of a cash flow, the importance of having one and how one could be forecasted. Additionally, students will spend time preparing for their final examination.