We are a team of enthusiastic teachers who believe that sharing ideas and good practice is the best way of increasing student achievement and enjoyment of Science.
The regular evaluation of the courses we deliver has helped to ensure that students find their Science studies rewarding, challenging and exciting.
Key Stage Three
We build on the Science skills and content acquired by pupils in primary school and develop their interest, knowledge and understanding of the subject. All pupils have three lessons of Science per week in Years seven, eight and nine. Progress is monitored through formative assessment for learning in lessons using a range of strategies and methods. More formal assessment measures progress with half termly testing and skills-based activities through the teaching.
Key Stage Four
There are three possible routes through Science at Key Stage 4. The majority of pupils study GCSEs in Science; our chosen examination board is OCR 21st Century Science. Pupils may choose to study for three GCSEs in Science, and will have six lessons per week, or may choose to study for two GCSEs in Science, and will have four lessons per week. All GCSE courses cover content from the three scientific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and are assessed by 75% external examinations and 25% controlled assessment. We also offer a vocational BTEC course in Applied Science for a small number of pupils.
Curriculum and Qualifications
At KS3 the department follows the National Curriculum's programme of study. Full details can be accessed from here.
At KS4 the department follows the OCR GCSE Course and the Edexcel Btec Course. The Specifications are as follows:
If you require further information about the Science curriculum at KS3 or KS4 please contact Mr Rowley, Head of Department, at RowleyM@uffculmeschool.net.