Science

Teaching and Learning

The science faculty building contains eight modern science laboratories. Each laboratory contains a state of the art interactive whiteboard which teachers and students can use to raise standards in teaching and learning. The department also has a set of laptops to be used in classes.

Science is taught to all pupils in both Key Stages.

  • To stimulate and maintain an interest in Science and to make the learning of Science as enjoyable as possible.
  • To encourage students to take active responsibility for their own learning and to become lifelong learners.
  • To be fully realise the potential of each student through the delivery of broad and balanced science course.
  • To encourage students to understand the relevance of science in their everyday lives
  • At Key Stage 3 pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum which includes aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

In September 2016, Hamilton Science department will begin teaching AQA Science Trilogy. It is a linear course which is taught over a two year period (Year 10 and 11). Essentially the content has remained the same as previous years however there has been a change in the assessment format. Each year the students will be taught 1 module of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which will be broken down into smaller chunks.

AQA have opted to remove the coursework element, instead the students will be required to complete 21 experiments throughout the two years. The assessments will all be exam based, there will be 6 exams all which will take place at the end of year 11. Each exam will be 1 hour and 15 minutes, which will be examining a particular discipline of science (e.g. Biology 1, Biology 2 etc) and will also examine the relevant experiment in relation to the topic.

Students will gain two GCSEs at the end of Year 11.

Lessons

We believe lessons should be student centred, with the emphasis on learning by engaging pupils with extension and enrichment of the curriculum. We are making increasing use of ICT, and in lessons use of computers and the interactive whiteboard is becoming routine. Pupils will be able to obtain one or two GCSEs in science depending on which curriculum pathway they follow.

Homework and Assessment

Homework is set regularly. At KS3 students should get approximately thirty minutes of homework of an hour per weeK. At KS4 students should get one hour per week, again with extra homework before exams. Students' progress is assessed in line with the school assessment calendar.

  • Additional Science to be covered in Yr11, where pupils carryout 3 terminal written exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and an ISA.

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Enrichment:

We believe that learning goes outside of the classroom and beyond the school day. In the Science Faculty you will find that there is a wide variety of Enrichment activities and Study Support opportunities to get involved in. These include revision and booster classes at KS3 and KS4.

Staffing and Facilities:

The Science Faculty is made up of a dedicated and experienced team of 9 full time Teachers and one part-time. We have a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) , a Subject Specific Teaching Assistant and two science technicians. We are a highly committed, skilled and friendly team who welcome communication with parents and carers.

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Science Faculty

  • Mrs S Ashton (2nd in faculty)
  • Miss F Skelding
  • Mrs H Sahib
  • Mrs P Glyn-Smith
  • Mr M Betts
  • Mr J Aduh
  • Miss N Qaissar
  • Miss R Dixon
  • Mrs P Loveday
  • Mrs S Griffiths
  • Mrs K Patel