|Staff||Miss. Sarah Williams||-
Director of Science & Teacher of Biology
|Miss. Emma Walsh||- Head of Biology|
|Miss. Kath Palmer||- Teacher of Biology|
|Mr. Richard Thomson||- Teacher of Chemistry|
|Mrs. Lauren Devine||- Head of BTEC|
|Dr. Andrew Pemberton||- Teacher of Biology|
|Mr. Matt Hamilton||- Teacher of Chemistry|
|Mr. Tom Norman||- Teacher of Physics|
|Mr. Jackson Day||- Teacher of Physics|
|Mrs. Maggie Bointon||- Head of Learning in Science for Years 7, 8 and 9|
|Mrs. Angela Stephenson||- Head of Chemistry|
|Miss. Katie Ball||- Teacher of Biology|
|Mr. Neil Cameron||- Teacher of Chemistry|
|Mr. George Barnicott||- Teacher of Physics (GTP)|
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Science Department Statement
Welcome to the Science department at KCC where outstanding, inspirational and innovative teaching is the pathway to every student being motivated to achieve their aspirations.
Kingsbridge Community College was one the first Science Specialist Colleges in 2002. This very special designation has permeated through to all aspects of the Science Curriculum. It has enabled the department to develop interesting and relevant courses and to find a GCSE course for each student so that they achieve to the best of their ability and are equipped to understand Science in the 21st century. It is an incredibly exciting time to be studying Science. For example Year 7 are now learning about stem cells.
Students start the first year of a lively and fun two year KS3 course loosely based on the Science Works course from Oxford University Press. Students follow a variety of different modules from Cells to Reproduction, Elements and Compounds to Space. It includes lots of opportunity for practicals and trips including a field trip to Thurlestone. Assessment is both formative and summative and this year we will be incorporating the new APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) into our programme. In Year 7 students are taught in their tutor groups. There is an end of Year exam prior to new groups being formed in Year 8.
The second year of the KS3 course covers such areas as Heating and Cooling, Microbes and Disease and Magnets and Electromagnets. Year 8 now follow the Science Works second year course following the abolition of the SATs examination to complete KS3. Assessment is both formative and summative and this year we will be incorporating the new APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) into our programme. At the end of Year 8 there is an end of year examination prior to the start of Year 9.
Students in Year 9 follow a GCSE preparation course, designed by Science teachers at KCC, in order to prepare students to successfully use the knowledge and skills that will be required at GCSE. In order to do this there is a specific focus on investigative skills and writing up scientific investigations. The Year 9 course is specifically designed to enthuse students and make their transition between KS3 and 4 as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
Some students will take a Year 9 Preparation course leading to BTEC in Year 10.
All students are taught by specialists in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Triple scientists will be starting linear GCSEs in Biology Chemistry and Physics in Year 10. This means that the students will not be examined on the content of the course until the end of Yr 11. Students study the first four modules of each subject following the same specification as the additional science students and complete the last two modules of in depth subject specific learning, for each science, in Yr 11.
Core science students will take their GCSE exam at the end of yr 10, which means it is a busy year in terms of covering the course content of modules in biology, chemistry and physics and completing one peice of controlled assessment.
Some students will take Edexcel BTEC in Applied Science. This course is 100% coursework and leads to success for many students.
All students complete the courses started in Year 9 leading to GCSE in the Triple Sciences, GCSE in Science and Additional Science or BTEC Applied Science leading to two GCSEs.