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Science

Head of Department

Mrs M Gash

Subject Teachers

Miss E Middleton
Mrs H Teague
Miss J Easton
Mrs J Walsh
Mr M Attubato
Mrs S Croft
Mr S Thompson
Mr W Johnson

Ms S Davey

Mr B Archer

Mrs A Szczesnowska

Accommodation & Resources

The science department consists of 7 practical science labs and one science access ICT suite containing both workstations and iPads. Students from all ages undertake their science education in the science laboratories with specialist staff. The department. has a committed and experienced staff of lab technicians, responsible for the maintenance and preparation of the many scientific experiments and procedures

Key Stage 3

Aims of the course

The key stage 3 Science curriculum at Fulston Manor encompasses Biology, Chemistry and Physics under the one heading of Science for Years 7-8. The course incorporates scientific thinking and the application of Science to the world around us. It aims to equip students with the scientific skills and understanding necessary for their time at school and beyond into their adult life. The course focuses on skills based learning and the application of SPIRIT skills to the subject. There is an emphasis on learning science through experimental work enabling pupils to be self-managers and team workers, research/problem solving tasks encouraging pupils to be independent enquirers and innovative thinkers as well as an opportunity for pupils to share their ideas via presentation and in doing so reflect on their learning.

Course structure and content

  Terms 1 And 2 Remainder of year in rotation
Year 7

Scientific lab skills

Cells and reproduction

States of matter

Basic chemistry

The body

Energy Changes

Interdependence

Space

Year 8

Chemical Reactions

Forces

Photosynthesis and respiration

Electricity and magnetism

Waves including sound and light

Genetics and variation

The periodic table

Year 9

Students begin their GCSE Core Science course. They cover all aspects of Science including Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. They continue to develop their learning of Science through experimental work and theoretical ideas.

  Topics covered on rotation (AQA new GCSE)
Year 9 
GCSE

Atomic structure

Cells 

Forces

Assessment

For Years 7 and 8 each topic area is assessed by an end of unit summative assessment  and further assessments will be by teacher marking of work and peer assessment, where pupils assess each other’s work using precise criteria which are given to them beforehand usually leading to a precise National Curriculum level. There is also an end of year examination, usually taken in May. For Year 9, assessment is via end of unit summative tests 

Key Stage 4

There are two options for GCSE study in Years 10 and 11. 

Most students will complete Core and Additional Science during this time and achieve two GCSEs in science.

Both Core and Additional Science cover a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics covered form a sound basis for understanding science in the world around us.

Some students choose to take the separate science option (Triple Science) and will achieve three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Triple Science option is highly recommended to those students who wish to study science at A Level and beyond.

This requires students to study each science separately; in Year 10 Chemistry and Physics and in Year 11 Biology.

This course forms links between science and the workplace and enables students to identify key scientific skills required for different career paths.

Key Stage 5

Fulston Manor currently offers 2 GCE courses in the sciences, Biology and Chemistry. Students wishing to study Physics can make use of our shared Sixth Form partnership taking the qualification at either Borden or Highsted.