Science

Introduction

Science is a popular, successful and vibrant department at CCF. We have 10 teaching rooms and 1 computer suite located on the top floor of the school.  Each teaching room is equipped for practical work.

We are proud that pupils enjoy their science lessons greatly and work hard to make good progress.  A large proportion of students study Triple Science at GCSE and Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are popular and over-subscribed courses at A-Level.

Who we are?

Mr J Oliver, Physics (Head of Science)

Mr D Scott, Chemistry (Deputy Head of Science)

Mr A Frate, Chemistry (i/c of Teaching, Learning, and Enrichment)

Mr. B Payne, Chemistry

Mr S Charley, Physics

Ms N Belal, Biology

Ms M Manteigas, Biology

Ms J Panchalingam, Biology

Mr L Willer, Physics

Mr G Geperidze (Senior Technician)

For more information on this curriculum area please contact:

Head of Department, Mr J Oliver. Email: jko@ccfplus.com

Aims and Enrichment

Aims

Our aim as a department is to offer a vibrant, enjoyable and awe inspiring science curriculum to pupils.

Lessons are designed to get pupils thinking and discussing ideas.

All pupils get formative and verbal feedback on a regular basis to ensure that they know how to make the necessary progress.

We also organise experiences outside the classroom such as museum trips and visits to London’s universities for talks.

The curriculum design allows many opportunities to apply what is learnt to real life experiences.

Enrichment:

We organise experiences outside the classroom such as museum trips and visits to London’s universities for talks.

Keep an eye out for exciting events happening in school such as the recent visit from Professor Robert Winston!

A weekly science club is open to all KS3 students (see Ms Belal).

Lord Robert Winston’s visit on the 31st October 2017.  The eminent professor of genetics and member of the House of Lords gave two inspiring talks to discuss the importance of scientific study with individuals and small groups.

   
         

 

         
         
         

Key stage 3

Key stage 3

We follow an ‘in-house’ 2 year KS3 curriculum with emphasis on skill building and knowledge acquisition.

Topics are as follows;

Year 7:

  1. Fire & Acid
  2. Cells & microscopes
  3. Particle behaviour
  4. May the force be with you
  5. Interdependences
  6. Analysis

Year 8:

  1. Energy, fuels and photosynthesis
  2. Periodic table and ionic behaviour
  3. Electricity
  4. Food, Microbes and digestion
  5. Light & rocks
  6. Forensics

Resources include SAM learning, VLE, any KS3 science books, BBC Bitesize and Times tutorials.

Key stage 4

Key stage 4

All science pupils follow the AQA curriculum.

Triple Science students follow the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE courses.

Combined science students follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy GCSE course.

Information on all courses can be found here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

All students will be provided with login details for the Kerboodle online textbook and learning resources.

       Other resources:

       http://timestutorials.co.uk/

       http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

       http://www.s-cool.co.uk/

       https://www.samlearning.com/ (pupils need log on details)

As well as pupils completing set homework, they are expected to practice past examination papers and use provided resources to back-up their learning.

Key Stage 5

Key stage 5

Sciences at CCF are very popular with large numbers of students studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A-Level.

Biology

Year 12 and 13 students follow the AQA specification (http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF )

All students will be provided with login details for the Kerboodle online textbook and learning resources and a hard-copy textbook.

Chemistry

Year 12 and 13 specification and assessment materials are available here: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

All students will be provided with login details for the Kerboodle online textbook and learning resources and a hard-copy textbook.

Physics

Pupils follow the Edexcel/Pearson specification

Year 12 and 13 specification and assessment materials are available here: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/physics-2015.html

All students will be provided with a hard-copy textbook.