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Science

Staffing

Mrs L. Clarke (Head of Department), Miss C Haigh, Mr S. Archer, Mrs N. Bradburn, Miss K. Isherwood, Miss A. Jackson, Miss J. Russell, Miss E. Pedley (Lab Technician) and Mrs L. Ashcroft (Admin Support)

The Science department is fully committed to the provision of high quality Science education, enhancing the scientific capability of all pupils, irrespective of ability, within a challenging, exciting and dynamic environment.

We believe firmly in “be the best you can be” and have designed our curriculum to allow pupils to achieve maximum success. Students experimenting with different coloured chemicals

Key Stage 3

Science is taught to all pupils building from four periods per fortnight in Year 7, to six in Year 9. The course is National Curriculum based and designed in school to meet the best needs of pupils. Work is topic based and taught by subject specialists.

Topics covered in Key Stage 3 include:

Year 7

Working in a Scientific way – CSI Bury Church, Life, Reproduction, Particles, Energy and Forces.

Year 8

Digestion, Photosynthesis, Animal and Human Behaviour,  Forces, Sound and Light, Chemical World, Acids and Alkalis and the Earth.

Year 9

Electricity and electromagnets, Energy and heat transfer, The Earth and Beyond, Circulation, Healthy Living, Atoms and the Periodic Table, Metals and their reactions.

Assessment in Key Stage 3 takes place at the end of each module with a formal written test, but throughout the unit students will also be assessed via Progress tasks which take a variety of forms including research, projects, experiments and presentations.

Key Stage 4

Students have 9 lessons of Science each fortnight, three of Biology, three of Chemistry and three of Physics. All lessons are taught by subject specialists. Science is a compulsory subject within school and our philosophy is to enter all students for at least one GCSE exam.

Students can choose to study.

  • AQA GCSE Science
  • OR AQA GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science
  • OR AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

The full exam specification can be found at AQA.

The examinations for GCSE Science are taken in June of Year 10.
The examinations for GCSE Additional Science are taken in June of Year 11
The examinations for GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taken in June of Year 11.

Extra Curricular Activities

STEM group (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a vibrant, exciting Science club run by one of our Chemistry teachers Miss Jackson and our Lab technician Miss Pedley. The group meets in L8 each Monday. The group designs, experiments with and builds all sorts of things! From bath bombs to crazy golf games to racing balloon driven toy card down the school drive – they are never short of ideas. Click the link to find out more about this group.

Miss Jackson also incubated chickens as part of the Living Eggs programme. You can see a video of one of the chicks hatching here.

Crest Awards

This year the department will be awarding 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.

Go4SET

This is a project /competition which links Science and Industry. Our school team of 6 students works with Miss Jackson and a company mentor, visiting industry and special events before completing their 10 week project. Click here to find out more.

Enrichment activities:

During the last year we have built some very strong links with our local schools, colleges and universities and have been involved in a lot of activities:

  • Biology Taster Day at Bury College
  • Science and Technology Day at Holy Cross
  • Big Bang Fair at Liverpool
  • Salters Chemistry Festival at Manchester University
  • Forensic Entomology at Bury College
  • Chemistry Taster day at Bury College
  • Science and Industry Day at Bury College
  • Bury Church hosted the God and the Big Bang Young Scientist Day, working with Elton High School
  • Year 6 students from St Peter's Primary School spent an afternoon in the Science Department learning about life cycles as part of our Living Eggs Project
  • We are also very proud that Miss Jackson has been asked to be a teacher mentor at this summer’s Chemistry Camp at Manchester University. As a result, 4 of our gifted and talented students will be offered places at a Chemistry camp at a university of their choice – watch this space for their names!
  • Days out and trips

    As part of our Flexible Friday programme we have been able to take students out to look at Science in the real world.

    We have visited Chester Zoo, Catalyst Chemistry Museum and Science Centre and Blue Planet aquarium and the department is very much looking forward to their weekend trip to London to visit the National Science Museum and the National History Museum.