Plymstock School Science Department
The Science department provides excellent teaching of a subject, which benefits everyone in everyday life. The study of Science fires students’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and beyond. It offers opportunities to find explanations engaging learners at all levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought.
Who teaches Science?
There are 14 full-time teachers specialising in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Health and Social Care. The passionate team consists of experienced and newly qualified teachers. The department boasts 12 well-equipped Science laboratories, an Eco-classroom and a Computer Room plus a dedicated set of iPads.
To see some of our online resources go to: www.science-spark.co.uk and www.doddlelearn.co.uk/science and the science area of in the online resources available through the school website: https://plymstockschool.org.uk/?page_id=6619.
We are a well-resourced department and have three fantastic technicians and excellent admin support.
What do Students study?
Students follow a skills-based course based on the National Curriculum. Through enquiry based lessons and challenges, that they pick for themselves, they learn how knowledge and understanding in Science are rooted in evidence and develop skills so that they can think and work scientifically.
They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change that effect industry, business and medicine and improve the world’s quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.
All students will achieve Double Science GCSEs by the time they complete Year 11 those that it is suitable for are given the opportunity to take Triple Science. We also offer the option to take an additional GCSE in Health and Social care as part of the options process. Post-16 we offer A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Health & Social Care. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Science.
How will students‘ progress be assessed?
Students will be awarded a National Curriculum Level every term. These levels will be based on milestone assessments, homework and timed assessments. Assessment tasks may include presentations, videos and podcasts, models, practicals, leaflets and tests. In year 10 and 11 students will be focused on their GCSEs and be given an estimated grade at points throughout the year. Students get the chance to assess themselves and their peers regularly so that they know how they can improve and reach their next grade or level. Detailed feedback will be given to students each term based on their milestone assessments and timed tests. If students aren’t making expected progress then teachers will work closely with students and parents to offer support that may include peer or staff mentors.
What enrichment activities are available to students?
We offer an after school Science Club which links Science to the ‘real world’ in an exciting way, extending students’ understanding and enjoyment of the subject.
Students develop their green fingers by getting into the school allotment and the environmental area out of the classroom. A variety of activities are led by visiting specialists including: the Explorer Dome; CSI Plymstock Forensics Lab; and Science Shows explaining the science of fireworks. Students also get the opportunity to go on trips which include @Bristol and the Tamar Science Park.
During National Science Week guest speakers entertain, inspire and inform students, and STEM ambassadors run workshops to further enrich students’ scientific experiences. Gifted and talented students have worked with mentors from all year groups on projects to support learning throughout the school and develop scientific skills by running sessions for local primary schools.
Plymstock Science Department hopes that all students are inspired to be curious and ask questions about their world because of the many opportunities they will receive in and out of the classroom and develop a self-belief that they can succeed, because of the skills and knowledge they have gained, in an unknown but exciting future.