Science

Science touches all our lives, whether we are looking into the furthest reaches of space or at the tiny microbes that damage our health. A study of Science involves addressing huge moral issues, such as climate change, energy production, food and overpopulation, health and how we better use our dwindling resources. At Broughton the intention is that all students will have a good understanding of Science which will enable them to make sense of and adapt to a rapidly changing world.

Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Science

With our broad specialism in Science, the department are well-placed to deliver lessons that are designed to meet the needs, abilities and aspirations of every individual student.

Science lessons are vibrant, lively and fun. All teachers frequently use a wide range of innovative, imaginative resources and teaching strategies to ensure active participation in every lesson. Teachers model, demonstrate and prepare well-organised and safe practical activities. The department are passionate about Science and this enthusiasm allows us to provide opportunities for students to explore the scientific world which surrounds them.

Science Department Staff

Lessons

  • KS3 students study Science for 3 hours/week.
  • KS4 Combined Science students study Science for 5 hours/week.
  • KS4 Triple Science students study each specialism for up to three hours every week.

Assessment

Each unit is assessed through a variety of homework and classwork tasks together with summative assessments at the end of each topic (end of unit tests) and a final end of year exam.

Setting in Science

Pupils are set based on analysis of their end of unit test scores, the end of year examination and after discussions with their teacher.

As pupils move from year 8 into year 9 and 10 they are put into bands. For timetabling purposes each pupil must be in the same band for Maths and Science. When setting pupils from year 8 into 9 and year 9 into 10, the bands must be agreed by both the Maths and Science departments.

Sets in Science are reviewed at the end of each academic year.

Details of the units in KS3 and KS4 can be found by clicking the below link

Science Units