Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

Science

  • Head of Subject: Mr R. Barnett-Richards
  • Years taught: 7 – 13

Introduction

Our Science Faculty is an enthusiastic and thriving department, with an effective mixture of experienced, established teachers and young qualified staff. We have specialist teachers at GCSE and A-level in all science disciplines as well as staff with additional specialisms.

We believe in making science as alive and interesting as possible, with appropriate curricula for all students, including offering Triple and Double Science GCSE’s leading to 6th Form studies in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Within the department specialist Academic Coaches and Teaching Assistants provide in lesson support for students to maximise every individuals’ performance. Alongside taking small groups of students to develop their skills as part of an intervention program. As part of the Ormiston Academy trust we work closely with other Academies to develop a challenging, engaging curriculum. Furthermore, we are part of the Triple Science Support Network, and the Stimulating Physics programme; both provide support to students aiding their development into excellent scientists.

To extend students interests and ambitions, the Science department has worked with the Boeing Build a Plane project, and has excellent contacts with the Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry, regularly taking students to University lectures and events.

Key Stage 3

Introduction

The new KS3 science curriculum at the New Academy builds on the work covered in KS2. Our aims are to engage learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific deas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Students learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change, affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.

Years 7 and 8

What you will study
Our KS3 curriculum is divided into ten main themes, three each from Biology and Chemistry, and four form Physics. These cover areas including:

  • Organisms
  • EcoSystems
  • Genes
  • Matter
  • Reactions
  • Earth
  • Forces
  • Electromagnets
  • Energy
  • Waves

The skills you will learn are
During KS3 we aim to turn pupils into ‘real scientists’ developing practical skills of scientific investigation such planning, analysing and evaluating practical experiments. We will also be learning how to explain scientific ideas by relating to the world around us through scientific modelling and research.

Key Stage 4

Introduction

At KS4 we follow the AQA specification which complements what students will learn at KS3 and successfully prepares them for KS5 pure and vocational courses alike. It focusses on the key practical skills required by exam boards and is taught in topics similar to KS3. At NEW Academy we offer AQA Trilogy Science and Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) as an option for capable students.

Triple Science students study 3 GCSEs, receiving GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The content of these GCSE’s is similar to the AQA Trilogy GCSE but requires further content in each topic.

What you will study

  • Biology – Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation, Evolution, Ecology
  • Chemistry – Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure and properties, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes, Energy Changes, The rate and extent of Chemical change, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources.
  • Physics – Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic Structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnets, Space (Triple only)

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are
Students should enjoy science and genuinely want to learn how the world operates and interacts. Students will need to do experiments carefully, note observations, keep records and analyse them. Pupils will be shown how to see patterns in graphs, to understand links between different topics, and to order their thoughts logically and clearly.

Possible careers

  • Scientist – medical, astronomical, biomedical, chemical, environmental, geological, physics, research.
  • Engineer – mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical, automotive, aeronautical. Medical and veterinary course.
  • Other – Law, Business

For more information contact

Mr R. Barnett-Richards (Director of Faculty)