Every student studying Science at Edgbarrow will develop the skills to be a success both personally and academically. With high aspirations for all, we deliver excellent teaching and learning in a subject that allows students to understand the world around them. Science will strengthen their literacy, numeracy, analytical and questioning skills. These are skills for life which will open future doors for all our students.
Science lessons at Edgbarrow include:
Fundamental concepts in Chemistry, Physics and Biology
- Data analysis and interpretation skills
- Critical evaluation skills
- Observational skills
- Practical techniques
- Communication skills
- Research skills
The Edgbarrow Science Department has 10 fully equipped classrooms and two prep rooms in a purpose built block. We have an excellent team of staff comprising eleven teaching staff, four science technicians and one science administrator.
Mrs Mackenzie Dodds - Head of Department
Ms Maria O'Shaughnessy
Key Stage 3
Our two year Key Stage 3 Science course is an exciting theme-based learning experience. Within each unit, our students will cover all of the National Curriculum range and content, and 'How Science Works' learning objectives. There is an emphasis on skills development to enable success at Key Stage 4 and beyond.
Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow. The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.
Key Stage 4
The Science department is very proud of its Key Stage 4 curriculum which is personalised for the individual needs of each student. Every student is offered the Key Stage 4 curriculum which best enables them to achieve success, not only during their time at Edgbarrow but throughout their lives. Current Y11 students will take a minimum of two GCSEs in Science, with different pathways being recommended depending on each student. We strive to ensure all students are placed on the most suitable course to achieve their full potential in Science.
We offer two different pathways at Key Stage 4 on the new grading system:
- AQA Separate Sciences (3 GCSEs banded 9-1)
- AQA Combined Science (2 GCSEs banded 9-1)
Students are recommended the most appropriate pathway at the end of Year 9.
Key Stage 5
All three Sciences are offered at Edgbarrow, with entry requirements of completion of Higher tier exams from either Combined Science or the relevant discipline from the Separate Sciences. Students must also have completed Higher tier maths exams. Currently, we follow AQA linear A Level Biology, OCR Salters B Linear A Level Chemistry and Edexcel Linear A Level Physics. These subjects fall under the Governmental curriculum changes for 2015. As a result, currently, it is our intention to no longer offer an AS Level qualification in these subjects; students can only study the linear A-Level course which will have final exams at the end of Year 13 only.
For further information regarding our Sciences Curriculum please contact:
Mrs Mackenzie-Dodds [email protected]