The Science faculty at Wath Comprehensive School is focused on ensuring that all students, regardless of ability, achieve their full potential in Science. The How Science Works skills are integrated throughout all key stages in order to develop students into well rounded Scientists. Furthermore, the Faculty hopes to inspire a love of Science and its application in society and, where necessary, prepare students for university-level study.
Students typically receive four lessons of Science a week in Year 7 to Year 9, rising to six lessons per week at GCSE. Classes are organised by ability sets in Key Stages 3 and 4, though the exact structure varies depending on the year group and needs of the students.
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 Curriculum is comprised of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with How Science Works skills integrated throughout.
In Year 7 students will study Biology topics on cells and reproduction in plants and animals, food chains and the environment. The Chemistry topics they cover are relating to atoms and techniques used to identify and separate mixtures. The Physics topics are related to energy and electricity. Students will complete a variety of activities including practical work, use of ICT and mathematical skill development, all of which will develop their scientific skill base in preparation for GCSE.
In Year 8 students will complete Biology topics on respiration and digestion, Chemistry topics on patterns of reactivity and Physics topics on forces, light and sound. There will be further development of planning and evaluation skills and an increase in mathematical demands.
The KS3 Science curriculum covers many interesting topics to spark the love of Science and curiosity in students, preparing them for further study.
Key Stage 4
Year 9 is focused on securing students’ scientific skills for future KS4 courses and covering key areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics that will form a foundation for further study.
Students in KS4 will follow one of the following routes dependent on their ability and which route is the most suitable, the web link to the specification is also displayed below.
Students can opt and apply for a Triple Science route at the end of Year 8. Students on this route will complete three Science GCSE qualifications:
Students will complete two Science GCSE qualifications:
Key Stage 5
The A Level qualifications available to students are:
- AQA A Level Biology (minimum grade B at GCSE Science and a recommended grade 6 in Maths)
- AQA A Level Chemistry (minimum grade B at GCSE Science and a minimum of grade 6 in Maths)
- AQA A Level Physics (minimum grade B at GCSE Science and a minimum of grade 6 in Maths)
Current extra-curricular opportunities within Science include a weekly Year 7 Science club and a weekly STEM club for Year 8 and Y9 students.
Each year, the faculty organises a number of trips, including trips to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Science Live, Science at Alton Towers, Sixth Form study days at local universities, and Year 13 field trip to Malham Tarn. In addition, many opportunities within school are available to students including Planetarium sessions, forensic days, and cross curricular activities within Science Week, which is celebrated each year.
Throughout the year, the faculty holds a number of targeted revision sessions, both after school and during holidays to support the progress and attainment of all students on Science courses.
The Science faculty is comprised of 22 members of teaching staff, of which four are part time. The team is supported by a dedicated technician team of four and a Departmental Support Assistant. Science is currently taught within 13 Science laboratories and one computer suite, of which each is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. The faculty also has two technician preparation rooms and 32 iPads.