Meet the Science Team
Ms Brookes (Head of Science), Miss McCaig (Assistant Head of Science),
Mrs Godwin, Mr Nelson, Mr Fox, Mr Hooker, Mrs Baker
Why study Science?
To foster interest and curiosity in Science, using their intrinsic motivation: a desire to understand ourselves and our universe. To appreciate scientific ideas and the significance of discoveries we have achieved, to improve scientific literacy. To appreciate the importance and relevance of science in the world on a local, national or global scale, to enable the population to understand democratic issues such as climate change and nuclear energy. To have the knowledge of how science is used in the workplace and the wide range of careers open to them. To develop transferable skills such as analysing data and measuring with accuracy. To develop rational thought used in the formulation of decisions and opinions.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Information:
We teach a broad and balanced science curriculum which means we teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout key stages.
In Year 7 students are introduced to the key concepts of Cells, Energy, Particles and Forces. We build on these fundamental topics throughout KS3 and they form the basis of the GCSE courses. Through students’ working scientifically, skills are developed through experimentation and problem solving.
We want all students to achieve a full understanding of the knowledge specified in the Curriculum for each year, and we want this understanding to be retained and developed over time.
Our aim is to provide a curriculum that is both interesting and useful to students, regardless of whether they wish to continue their studies in the science field or take up a science related career. Regular review of KS3 schemes to include more current topics is key to this. We want all students to feel valued and successful in Science by challenging the able and supporting those that need it. To this end, students are offered the opportunity to visit museums and exhibitions, botanical gardens, local sixth form providers and Universities. We also welcome all STEAM opportunities and invitations, to increase their Science Capital.
Enrichment to the curriculum:
Year 7 students go on a Science and Art Wakehurst Place trip. We also have visits to The Big Bang STEM fair and workshops at the local universities. Our Year 11 can opt to go to GCSE Science Live!
We have a very active Science Club who undertake long and short term projects, including the CREST awards. STEAM club links with Maths and Design Technology and Art to design and create products such as robot brushes and trebuchets.
We welcome visitors in to school to talk about careers in science and introduce students to the fields of engineering and astronomy to name two.
Link to activities:
Lots of fantastic simple experiments you can try at home can be found here:
Theatre of Science: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUjgFd6ywbASaGxi5ZhW0NA
Follow us on Twitter: SeahavenAcademyScience @ScienceSeahaven
We also have a YouTube channel!
5 Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do students study three sciences in KS3?
Yes, we have a broad and balanced curriculum, students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
- Do they study all sciences to GCSE?
Yes. Some students will follow the separate science pathway which means taking three GCSEs, most students will follow the combined science pathway which is equivalent to two GCSEs.
- Do they have specialist teachers for Biology, Chemistry and Physics?
No, we are all trained to teach the three sciences. Having one teacher gives the students consistency and allows us to build better relationships with them.
- Do you set students by ability?
In Year 7 students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups.
- How can we help them at home with their studies?
We offer revision guides for sale. We have access to online learning platforms. We have a Seahaven Science YouTube Channel!