Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge – Stephen Hawking
Students visiting MRC lab in Cambridge
Miss D Wilson – DLT of Science
Miss E Jennings – ADTL of Science
Miss S Straughn – PE/Science Teacher
Mr M Turner – Science Teacher
Mrs D Shepherd – Senior Science Technician
The Science Faculty
- Is well resourced with a purpose-built suite of eight laboratories with associated facilities and a dedicated ICT laboratory.
- Has highly-qualified and experienced staff who are enthusiastic about their teaching.
- Has excellent technical support from qualified technicians.
Summer project on the Solar System
We aim to ensure that;
- Science is taught in such a way as to maximise students’ enjoyment and success.
- The courses are designed to develop analytical and creative thinking skills.
- The materials are relevant and stimulating to students with a high level of challenge for all students.
- Practical work is integral to the learning experience of all students and is used to underpin and demonstrate scientific concepts.
- Assessment is fully incorporated throughout lessons and through regular testing and marking of books.
As of September 2014, students in year 7 and 8 will be following the new science curriculum. Every science lesson is aimed to motivate students and prepare them for GCSE. The principle focus of our science teaching at Key Stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. This allows pupils to see the connection between these subjects and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. At Fearnhill, we encourage active learning in science; practical lessons allow students to work scientifically throughout Key Stage 3.
Chemistry GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorBiology GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorPhysics GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorScience GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor
At Key Stage 4, students study OCR Gateway Science courses. The majority of students study for two GCSEs known as core and additional science. These cover a total of 4 units biology, chemistry and physics respectively during Years 9-11. Students must also complete a controlled assessment for both the core and additional GCSE which contributes 25% to each GCSE grade. Students take core exams at the end of Year 10 and complete additional exams at the end of Year 11. Course details, specifications and past papers can be found by clicking on the links below:
Core ScienceAdditional ScienceChemistry GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorBiology GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorPhysics GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptorScience GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor
Other students may opt to study only core science if the demands of core and additional science are felt to be too much for that student. All students have ten science lessons per fortnight divided between biology, chemistry and physics. It is essential that students purchase a revision guide and use it throughout the course to prepare themselves for the exam. Revision guides can be purchased at a reduced price from the science department.
Successful Advanced (A and AS) level courses for Biology, Chemistry and Physics are delivered. All science A Level students are issued with a range of textbooks and will follow the OCR specifications. All specifications have significant internally assessed components which contribute to the final examination grades. GCE Applied Science is also offered. This course is portfolio based and provides a broader introduction to Science at advanced level. Course details, specifications and past papers can be found by clicking on the links below:
AS/A Level GCE – Biology – H021, H421 – OCRAS/A Level GCE – Chemistry A – H034, H434 – OCR