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Staff within the Department

Mrs Patel              - Head of Science

B.Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Chemistry

Mr Heyes              - Assistant Head/Director of Specialism

B.Sc. Chemistry, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Chemistry, Dip.Ed.

Mrs Knight          - Second in Science/Head of Biology

B.Sc. Biology, Dip.T.

Mrs Mehta            - Head of Chemistry

B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Chemistry

Mr Patnaik           - Joint Head of Physics

B.Sc. (Hons) Physics, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Physics

Mr Gopal              - Joint Head of Physics

B.Sc. (Hons) Physics, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Physics

Mr Jones              - Head of Vocational Science

B.Sc. (Hons) Biology with Applied & Analytical Chemistry, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Chemistry

Ms Sagajllo          - KS4 Coordinator

B.Sc. (Hons) Science with Secondary Education

Mrs Ferchichi      - KS3 Coordinator

B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Chemistry

Ms Farrell            - Teacher of Science/Chemistry   

B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Chemistry

Mrs Koh               - Teacher of Science/Chemistry  

B.Sc. Biomedical Science, Dip.Ed. (Hons) General Science and Biology

Mrs Barker           - Teacher of Science/Biology

B.Sc (Hons) Life Sciences, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Biology

Ms Lewis              - Teacher of Science/Biology

M.Sc. Biology and Education with a minor in Chemistry

Mrs Heidari          - Teacher of Science/Physics  

B.Sc. Cellular and Molecular Biology, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/ Physics

Ms Yeong             - Teacher of Science/Biology 

B.Sc. (Hons) Biological Sciences. P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/Biology

Mrs Sharif            - Teacher of Science/Biology 

B.Sc. (Hons) Clinical Science, P.G.C.E. (Secondary) Science/ Biology

        

Technical Team

Mrs Potter           - Senior Technician

Mrs Flynn            - Chemistry Specialist

Mr Livingston      - Physics Specialist

Ms Ismail             - Biology Specialist

Ms Hubert            - Biology Specialist

 

Science is a subject of great importance; the EWS Science Department will continue to build on the government's ongoing strategies for developing a strong supply of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians. It's a subject that can fascinate and delight, develop skills and knowledge, provide excitement and open doors to thousands of different careers.  At EWS, science is about creative thinking, identifying patterns and considering a range of evidence to provide solutions and answers. In our lessons we aim to develop the inquiry, discussion and questioning skills necessary for the girls to become scientifically literate and responsible citizens as well as our next generation of inspirational professional scientists.

The Science Department is comprised of twelve purpose-built science laboratories, which are fully equipped with modern facilities such as interactive whiteboards.  We have access to lap tops, as well as ICT suites allowing technology to impact in a positive way on the learning experiences of pupils. There are sixteen Specialist Science teaching staff all of who teach their specialism at Key Stage 4 and 5. We also have a dedicated team of five technicians who provide us with the practical support that is crucial to helping children develop an understanding of the processes and theories in the subject.

 

Curriculum

KS3

At Ellen Wilkinson School, we currently have a two-year Key Stage 3 course, with students starting the GCSE course in Year 9.  We do this in order to ensure students have ample time to prepare for their GCSE exams.   Key Stage 3 Science is taught as one subject, and all three main disciplines (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) are given equal time.  Students receive 2 ½  hours of Science lessons per week in Year 7 and 8. These lessons are a combination of practical and theory lessons, with regular activities to support student learning and attainment. Progress tasks and tests provide quantitative data to support the tracking of students, to ensure that all students make good or better progress. Context drives our syllabus, helping to relate science to real-life concepts and experiences. We aim to teach students the skills they need to solve any problem with scientific enquiry skills. The Key Stage 3 Science course helps to create a strong foundation of knowledge, preparing students for the related topics at GCSE level.

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Cells

Particles

Forces

Reproduction

Acids & Alkalis

Structure & Function of Body Systems

 

Elements & Compounds

Space

Chemical Reactions

Year 8

Health & Lifestyle

Separation Techniques

Energy

Adaptation & Inheritance

The Periodic Table

 

Electricity & Magnetism

Sound

 

EWS students are encouraged to become independent learners and within the Science Department we try to equip students with a multitude of resources that will support their learning both in and out of lessons.  We issue all Year 7 students with a revision guide that they can take home and use to revise for tests and help with homework.  

 

Students also have access to our virtual learning environment. This is a personalised learning tool that has pages with hundreds of revision resources which include exam questions, revision power points and exercises.  Students can access these resources from anywhere with an internet connection.  . 

 

The new National Curriculum programme of study can be found using the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

 

Useful websites

Here are a few websites recommended for science revision in KS3

BBC Bitesize KS3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

Doc Brown’s quizzes: http://www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

Fuse School Videos: https://www.fuseschool.org/users/sign_in?PHPSESSID=7fa046a0b435fc83905abe142010a6c0

The Children’s University:  http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/

 

Activities to do at home

Get involved in:

British science week: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/app/uploads/2016/01/British-Science-Week-activity-pack2_secondary.pdf

Citizen Science: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/citizen-science/

Science quizzes: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/quizzes/

Fun experiments: http://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/collection/science-experiments

Steve Spangler Science: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/

 

KS4

Due to government-led curriculum changes, all GCSE Science exams are linear and all external exams will take place in the summer of Year 11. The students choose between studying Separate Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) or Combined Science GCSE. Both Separate Science and Combined Science are delivered over three years, enabling extensive opportunities to explore these subjects in depth.  Separate Science is very strong at Ellen Wilkinson School with experienced subject specialists teaching all lessons and many opportunities for extra-curricular learning. 

Students also have the opportunity to study an extra GCSE in Astronomy (in years 10 and 11) outside of regular Science lessons.

Combined Science curriculum

 

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9

 

 

Biology

Ecosystem processes

Cell Structure

Transport in cells Plant structure and function

Homeostasis and Response Part 1

 

Chemistry

Materials

Atomic structure & Periodic table

 

Bonding and the structure of matter

 

Physics

Maths & Graph Skills

Forces & Motion

Energy

Waves

 

 

 

 

Year 10

 

 

Biology

 

Cell Structure

Respiration

Transport in cells Evolution & Extinction

Plant Structure & Function

Homeostasis

 

 

Variation & Human intervention

Adaptation, interdependence and competition

 

Chemistry

 

Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Atomic structure & Periodic table

Chemical Changes- Reactions of acids

Bonding,  structure and properties

Using Resources

Chemical Changes- Electrolysis

Rate and extent of chemical change

Quantitative

 

Physics

 

Forces & Motion- Basic ideas

Application of forces

Linear Motion

Waves

Electricity

 

Energy

Forces & Motion- car safety

We follow the AQA specification for all science GCSE courses we offer.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry & Physics)

 

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9

 

 

Biology

 

Ecosystem processes

Cell Structure

Transport in cells

Plant structure and function

Homeostasis and Response Part 1

Food production

Homeostasis and Response Part 2

 

Chemistry

Materials

Atomic structure & Periodic table

Bonding and the structure of matter

Chemical Changes- Reactivity of Metals

 

Chemical Changes- Reactions of acids

 

Chemical Changes- Electrolysis

 

Review

Physics

 

 

Maths & Graph Skills

Energy

 

Waves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10

 

Biology

 

Cell Structure

Respiration

Transport in cell Homeostasis

 

Variation & Human intervention

Plant Structure & Function

 

 

Infection & response

Evolution & Extinction

Cell division

 

Chemistry

 

Chemistry of the Atmosphere

Atomic structure & Periodic table

Chemical Changes- Reactions of acids

Using Resources

Energy Changes

 

Rate and extent of chemical change

 

 

 

 

Chemical Changes- Electrolysis

 

Quantitative

 

Physics

 

Forces & Motion- Basic ideas

Application of forces

Linear Motion,

Forces & Motion- car safety

Waves

 

Energy

Electricity

 

           

 

We follow the AQA specification for all science GCSE courses we offer.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Current Year 11:

Current Year 11 students are following either the Triple Science route, gaining three GCSE in Core, Additional & Further Science or Double award, gaining two GCSE in Core & Additional Science. Students have completed Core Science content and are now focussing on either Additional or Further Science content.

Core Science

Core Science is studied in Year 10. It is suitable for students of all abilities and the course encourages students to understand theoretical concepts alongside developing practical Science skills.

To complete the Core Science GCSE, students will complete three external examinations in the Summer Term of Year 11 (one in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  All exams are worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.  Throughout the year students will also complete 2 controlled assessments (known as ISA).  The total ISA mark is also worth 25% of their final GCSE grade.

When combined with GCSE Additional Science, it can form the Science component of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) if the student achieves A* to C grades in both GCSEs.

Additional Science

Additional Science allows students to continue their studies into science in an academic context. GCSE Additional Science offers students a broad, coherent course of study that adds to their knowledge and understanding of the living, material and physical worlds.

 

Year 11

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Biology

Photosynthesis

Cells

Respiration

Organisms & Environment

Cell Division and Inheritance

 Speciation

Proteins

Tissues

Mocks, Revision and preparation for summer  exams

Chemistry

Atomic Structure & Bonding

Making Salts

Electrolysis

Rates of reaction

 

Quantitative Chemistry

Analysis

Mocks, Revision and preparation for summer  exams

Physics

Static Electricity

Atoms & Radiation

Forces and motion,

Household Electricity

Nuclear fission

Mocks, Revision and preparation for summer  exams

 

To complete the Additional Science GCSE, students will complete three external examinations in the Summer Term (one in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Each exam is worth 25% of their grade.

Throughout the year students will also complete 2 controlled assessments (known as ISA). Students plan an experiment and take an externally set test on the planning aspect. They then carry out the experiment and take a second externally set test on their results. The total ISA mark is worth 25% of their grade.

When combined with GCSE Core Science, it can form the Science component of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) if the student achieves A* to C grades in both GCSEs.

Further Additional Science

Further Additional Science promotes access to an extra science GCSE and provides a firm foundation for the study of post-16 science.  When combined with GCSE Core Science and GCSE Additional Science, it provides the equivalent of three GCSEs in science through a structured and coherent route.  Further Additional Science allows students to continue their studies into science in an academic context. The specification has biology, chemistry and physics in separate teaching and learning units and a Controlled Assessment unit (known as ISA).   During the course students study various aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

Year 11

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Biology

Dissolved Substances

Gaseous Exchange

Exchange and Transport in Plants

Removal of Waste and Waste control

The Blood and Blood System

 

Temperature Control,

Mocks, Revision and preparation for summer  exams

Chemistry

History of the periodic table

Water

 

Electrolysis

Rates of reaction,

 

Quantitative Chemistry,

Analysis

Mocks, Revision and preparation for summer  exams

Physics

Medical Applications

 

Making things move

 

Keeping things moving

Mocks, Revision and preparation for summer  exams

 

To complete the Further Science GCSE, students will take three external examinations in the Summer Term one in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each exam is worth 25% of their grade.

Throughout the year students will also complete 2 controlled assessments (known as ISA). Students plan an experiment and take an externally set test on the planning aspect. They then carry out the experiment and take a second externally set test on their results. The total ISA mark is worth 25% of their grade.

This course qualifies you to take an A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Astronomy GCSE

Commencing in Year 10, some students are given the opportunity to do an extra GCSE in Astronomy.  Students are selected on the basis that they have the ability and resilience to successfully complete an extra GCSE.

Astronomy is offered as a twilight course and students not only learn content but are engaged in activities such as stargazing and visits to the Greenwich Observatory.

One linear exam ends a two year program of study and contributes 75% to the total GCSE. The remaining 25% are based on two pieces of coursework when students get the opportunity to actively explore the Universe.  We have proudly had a 100% A* - B pass rate at GCSE Astronomy thus far.  

The content of the course is divided into 4 main topics:

  • Earth, Moon and Sun
  • Planetary systems
  • Stars
  • Galaxies and Cosmology.

These topics also help students with concepts learned at GCSE Physics and introduce concepts studied at A-level Physics. Students enjoy this extra-curricular GCSE.

Enrichment:

There are lots of extra-curricular activities available, which students have a chance to take part in. These include:

- Science club,

- NHS Schools Science Conference,

- The Big Bang Fair,

- Salters Festival of Chemistry,

- Top of the Bench competition,

- Biology Challenge’ for a nationally recognised award

- CREST award – gold level

Trips offered include a visit to The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Royal Society summer exhibition, Head start Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as opportunities to visit universities such as Imperial and UCL.  We have developed strong links with Nuffield Foundation as well as local employers such as GSK.

Activities to do at home

In London, we are fortunate to have lots of inspiring and exciting places to visit:

Science Museum

Natural History Museum

Kew Gardens

London Museum of Water and Steam

The London Zoo

The Royal Observatory

The London Aquarium

The Wetlands Centre

 

Get inspired by reading one of the following:

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone 

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow

Stuff That Scares Your Pants Off!: The Science Museum Book of Scary Things by Glenn Murphy

This is Not a Science Book: A Smart Art Activity Book by Clive Gifford

A Journey Through the Digestive System with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by Emily Sohn

Useful websites

Very useful for revision:

BBC Bitesize: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

CGP online revision guide:  https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_gcse_science

My GCSE .com- video tutorials:  https://www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience

Science quizzes: http://www.gcsescience.com/gcse-chemistry-revision-quiz.htm

 

KS5

Our Sixth Form students in KS5 have the opportunity to study A Level Biology, Chemistry, Physics and BTEC Applied Science.  All Subjects provide continuity from GCSE, with field trips and University links to extend learning and guidance on future career prospects.

Further details can be found in sixth form area, using the link below:

Our Sixth Form Page