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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve

Science

Department Staff

 

Mr C Bailey

Acting Head of Department

Miss R Schofield

Teacher of Science
(Second in Dept)

Mr C Carter

Teacher of Science
Deputy  Headteacher

Ms M Aberson

Teacher of Science (Maternity leave)

Ms P Patterson

Teacher of Science

Miss G Roser

Teacher of Science

Mr D Mohan

Teacher of Science

Mrs G Kirk

Teacher of Science
(Maternity leave)

Mrs S Woodcraft

Teacher of Science
 (Maternity leave)

Mr A Law

Teacher of Science

Miss T Hassan

Teacher of Science

Mrs T Walker

Teacher of Science

Miss C Deacon-Gannaway

Teacher of Science

Miss M Christy

Technician

Miss S Milsom

Technician

Documents

  Curriculum Overview

Courses:

Key Stage 3

The 2 year  Science curriculum at Key Stage 3 builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills that pupils have developed at Key Stage 2. We follow a bespoke Scheme of Work throughout years 7 and 8 to prepare students for Key Stage 4, whilst sparking enthusiasm and developing practical skills. The topics covered will develop understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics as well as the investigative, analytical and communication skills that are vital for scientists at all stages of their work. We have an emphasis on developing knowledge through skills at Key Stage 3. Practicals are regular and in detail to ensure students go into Key Stage 4 with the confidence to tackle the 9-1 GCSE

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students follow a range of courses to suit their particular needs. We currently offer the following courses:

BTEC Health and Social Care
GCSE Combined science
GCSE Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

The GCSE combined and triple Science courses follow the AQA Scheme of Work for the new 9-1 graded curriculum. Students are assessed on their knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as a number of required practical’s.

Key Stage 5

We currently offer the following Post-16 courses:

A Level Biology
A Level Physics
BTEC Health and Social Care

Ethos

At Sir William Ramsay School, we seek to extend students’ scientific knowledge at every opportunity and are committed to ensuring that all pupils get the best from their Science education. We have high expectations for all our pupils, both in work and behaviour.

Resources

Sir William Ramsay School Science Department is well resourced, and supported by dedicated staff and technicians. The Science Department can confidently deliver all the practical work that Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 demands, plus many other extra practical experiments.

Student Expectations

- Good attendance

- Complete homework and coursework on time

- Pen, pencil, ruler, scientific calculator for every lesson

- Ask for help/clarification when unsure

- A little bit of revision often

Safety
At Sir William Ramsay School, the safety of the pupils is extremely important. Each laboratory is equipped with aprons and safety goggles for all the students. In addition, each classroom teacher will also carry out a risk assessment for each lesson. Furthermore, Sir William Ramsay School’s Science department are affiliated to CLEAPSS which is an advisory service providing support in Science for local authorities and their schools. CLEAPSS specifically addresses:

  • health and safety including model risk assessments,
  • chemicals, living organisms, equipment,
  • sources of resources,
  • laboratory design, facilities and fittings,
  • technicians and their jobs.

After school clubs or Activities:

Key Stage Three Science Club (Years 7 and 8) runs every Wednesday from 3-4pm in C1

Resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p (Key Stage 3 Science)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv (GCSE Science)

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/ (GCSE and A Level Science)

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science  (GCSE Science, A Level Biology)

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-type/as-a-level-gce/  (A Level Physics A)

A number of Science teachers have channels on YouTube, which can be useful for parents/carers to find out more about what pupils are studying at GCSE, as well as an excellent revision tool for pupils.

The following are examples of these that we recommend:

https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisThorntonUK

https://www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw