The Science Department consists of 10 teaching staff and is well equipped throughout the Key Stages. We have 12 laboratories all recently equipped with interative whiteboards and 1 computer suite supported by 3 experienced technicians.
We aim to nurture a spirit of investigation in young people through challenging practical work and the introduction of new ideas that help to explain the natural world around us. We encourage pupils to develop their practical skills and to approach problem-solving in an enthusiastic, logical and questioning manner. Pupils have the opportunity to investigate the development of scientific theories by famous scientists, the effect of other influences on the science of their day and their impact on our lives. We aim to develop the ability of pupils to understand the importance of science in our society, in ethics and the decision making process.
The Science Department works closely with the Inclusion Department and receives significant support from EAL teachers to ensure that all students are able to meet their full potential in Science.
Science at Key Stage 3
At KS3, science is taught in short, focussed modules and covers a wide range of topics in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science. Integrated into these modules is learning about ‘How Science Works’- the processes that lead to our knowledge and understanding of the world. Pupils are assessed at the end of each module and an examination is set at the end of each term to monitor progress and achievement. There are also regular opportunities to assess pupils’ ability to carry out scientific investigations and to communicate their understanding of a concept. Progress is regularly discussed with students via target setting and communicated to parents every term.
Key Stage 4 GCSE Science (Examinations 2018 onwards)
The Netherhall Science faculty believes all students have the potential to excel in Science and therefore should be the given the best support and platform to achieve this.
For this reason, all students begin the AQA GCSE 9-1 Triple Science route in Year 9. The Science faculty over the course of this year will monitor and track each student using a range of criteria including in class performance, progress tests and future intentions beyond Year 11.
From Year 10 onwards, students will then either continue the AQA GCSE 9-1 Triple route or transfer onto the AQA GCSE 9-1 Combined Science route to ensure each student can be given the time, support and opportunities to achieve their full potential.
More information about the AQA GCSE 9-1 Triple and Combined Science routes and a summary of all the resources available to students can be found by clicking on the document links below
AQA Chemistry Exam Question Practice
Subject to course entry requirements being met, GCSE qualifications achieved from either the AQA GCSE 9-1 Triple or Combined Science routes can be used in applications for Science A-level Courses at The Netherhall Sixth Form Centre.
If you would like to find out more about The Netherhall Sixth form Science A Level Courses click on the link below
The Science Department runs a Science Club and makes contributions to the Gifted and Talented programme in the school by offering CREST/STEM awards projects. Visits to local science events such as the Duxford Science festival, University departments and the Babraham institute are organised whenever possible. We also compete every year in the KS3 science challenge at Swavesey Village College.
Homework and Revision clubs operate throughout the year.