Staffing Miss C Haigh (Acting Head of Department), Miss K. Isherwood (Acting Deputy Head of Department, Dr S. Archer, Mrs L. Ayres, Mrs N. Bradburn, Miss E. Broderick, Mrs L. Clarke, Miss J. Russell, Miss E. Pedley (Lab Technician) and Mrs L. Ashcroft (Admin Support)
The Science Department at Bury Church of England High School aims to give all pupils a firm education in the main principles and topics of Science. Pupils are taught in distinct disciplines, by specialist teachers from Year 8 and start their GCSE’s in Year 9.
Lessons are taught using a variety of different techniques, with the emphasis being on understanding the concepts, and being able to apply these to the outside world. Practical is encouraged to allow pupils to “see” what they are learning.
The department is equipped with 5 Science Laboratories and a teaching classroom.
We run a Science club, who are currently working towards their CREST Bronze awards and we have successfully run a number of drop down days, allowing pupils to access the CREST Discovery award.
Pupils enter various Science competitions like the Science Challenge Day at Holy Cross, the Big Bang Fair, the Rail Challenge at MOSI, Salters Chemistry Competition and we have run a number of residential trips to London to visit museums.
Key Stage 3
During Year 7 and 8, pupils follow an in house programme of study, designed by our teachers. This enables the lessons to be tailor-made for our students.
In Year 7, pupils are taught in the same groups which they are in throughout the school. They have 1 Science teacher who will teach them all of the topics. They have 4 hours of Science over a 2 week timetable.
In Year 8, pupils are taught in groups that are independently set by the Science department and move on a rota throughout the year to the different specialisms. This enables pupils to be taught by specialist teachers for the different areas of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics). They have 4 hours of Science over a 2 week timetable.
The topics pupils cover are:
Y7 – Particles, Energy and Forces, Life and Reproduction
Y8 – Chemical World, Acids, Alkalis and the Earth, Photosynthesis, Digestion, Forces, Sound and Light.
Key Stage 4
Exam board – AQA.
In Year 9, pupils begin their GCSE courses.
We have a large uptake for Triple Science and usually run 2 groups. These are set on ability.
The current Y10 and Y11 pupils are currently studying for either:
1. GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics
2. GCSE Science A and GCSE Additional Science
3. AQA Entry Level Certificate and GCSE Science A (a small group)
All of the GCSE options are examined in the same way.
Controlled Assessment (done in class) = 25%
Biology = 25%
Chemistry = 25%
Physics = 25%
All examinations are done at the end of Y11.
In the current Y9 and all other years, they will study either:
1. GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics
2. GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy)
3. AQA Entry Level Certificate and GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) (a small group)
All examinations are done at the end of Y11 and there is no controlled assessment for these new GCSEs.
Pupils get a compulsory of 9 lessons of Science over the 2 week timetable, which equates to 3 of each Science. This is again taught by specialist teachers.
Those pupils who opt to study triple, gain an additional 4 lessons per fortnight in Y9 and Y10, and 5 lessons extra in Y11.
For information about the subject content, please see the AQA website for the specifications for each of the GCSEs.
Extra Curricular Activities
Last year the department awarded their first Crest awards, supported by the British Science Association. These awards are enrichment activities designed to inspire and engage young people by using problem solving, practical and communication skills. We are looking for students who have an idea they want to investigate and are willing to give at least 10 hours toward developing their project / idea. Follow here to find out more.
We are looking at working across the curriculum to promote Science in other subject areas to make pupils aware that Science is involved in everything. We are members of the Bury Collaborative and work with other schools to develop resources and ideas.