Scientists are an interesting breed of people, they are creative, adventurers, critical, and pragmatic, they tackle the great intellectual challenges of our time and are driven by constant curiosity and inspired to discover the truth!
Science is a fundamental part of culture and society. It involves questioning the world around us and has a large part to play in the development of the pupils at The Hayfield School. The science department provides a solid foundation for developing our students’ understanding of science, its importance and relevance in today’s and tomorrow’s societies and to maintain their curiosity about the world around them.
We aim to encourage a scientific way of thinking and enquiry, to develop independent learners and extend the students’ repertoire of skills through practical experiences that prepare them for life beyond school, so enhancing their experience and understanding of the scientific world that surrounds them.
Through the use of active learning, scientific reasoning and critical thinking we aim to develop the skills of each pupil enabling each child to reach and exceed their own potential.
Within the department passionate staff, experts in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Biology lead pupils through a 5-year journey to the completion of their GCSE’s and beyond.
We have 8 well-equipped Science laboratories and 8 dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic team members offering a range of experience both from within the classroom as well as from academia and industry.
Teaching Staff are supported by three expert technical staff.
In KS3 the aim is to create the foundation blocks in knowledge, understanding and skill, introducing pupils to scientific enquiry, science skills as well as mathematic skills for science.
The course is split over years 7 and 8 and is divided equally between the two with 4 key areas being covered: Working Scientifically, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Pupils will follow AQA KS3 Science syllabus, supported by the Activate learning programme.
During Year 7 pupils will develop the necessary skills to work effectively in the science laboratory, these skills will be further enhanced and developed as they progress through their time within the department as they follow the learning pathway to GCSE.
In Year 7 topics the covered include; Ecosystems, Matter, Waves, Earth, Reactions, Organisms, Forces, Energy, Genes and Electromagnets. The topics give pupils and strong starting point in the disciplines of Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Science.
In Year 8 pupils enhance and develop their skills in the same topics as the work becomes increasingly detailed and challenging.
In Year 9 pupils study separate sciences in order to prepare them for KS4. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are equally represented in the timetable with topics being covered:
Biology – Cells and Organisation,
Chemistry – Atomic Structure and Chemical Bonding,
Physics – Forces and Electricity.
At each year during KS3 pupils learning is enhanced through the extensive use of practical activities to secure knowledge and understanding of scientific principles.
Pupils will follow a spiral pathway as they progress through the science curriculum re-visiting topics, each with increasing levels of detail and challenge ensuring that pupils maintain curiosity and enthusiasm whilst giving the opportunity to ensure that each pupil is able to reach their own potential with an understanding of scientific principles and content.
Science is for all. It has something to suit students of all abilities and aspirations. Students will be engaged and challenged. Success in science can provide access and great preparation to Post 16 Science courses and apprenticeships. In the long term it can lead on to lots of options at university and an almost limitless number of job opportunities. The science based skills you learn and develop will be really helpful in sorts of careers and are favoured by many employers.
As part of your science lessons you will study three core elements; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Within these elements you will learn about…
In each of the 3 science elements; Biology, Chemistry and Physics, there are two exam papers. All papers are 1 hour 45 mins and there is the option of foundation tier or higher tier papers. The papers each have 100 marks available and the two papers in each science split the topics covered, with half of the content in each paper. The two papers are equally weighted, each worth 50% of the GCSE qualification.
Exams contain a mixture of questioning styles including multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response.
During the GCSE course students will carry out a number of required practicals, the details of which will then be examined and assessed in the GCSE examination papers.
There is no coursework or controlled assessment element to these qualifications.
Standard stationery including pencil, ruler and rubber
A scientific calculator is also needed from the start of the course
There are many opportunities in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to develop students character and culture. Diversity, wellbeing, aspirations and values are apparent at many points throughout the courses. Some of the content you expect to specifically support the character and culture curriculum is …
Evaluating the social and ethical issues associated with the use of stem cells in medical research and treatment and the use of monoclonal antibodies.
Understanding physical and mental well being including diet, smoking, alcohol.
Evaluating the relationship between obesity and diabetes, and make recommendations taking into account social and ethical issues.
Evaluating personal, social, economical and environmental implications when discussing contraception.
Understanding the social and ethical issues associated with IVF.
Considering the ethical issues which arise from embryonic screening, gene therapy, selective breeding and cloning in agriculture and in medicine.
Appreciating how waste, energy use and deforestation have an impact on the environment.
By taking separate science more content is covered which provides students with better-preparation for science A-levels, Applied BTECs and Apprenticeships.
You may decide to continue this qualification and pursue one of the following professions…Doctor, Physicist, Vet, Biomedical Scientist, Sports Science, Food Scientist. Your teacher will be happy to share knowledge of linked professions with you.
The science department offers a range of enrichment activities including KS3 Science club – open to all pupils in Years 7,8 and 9. The club is very well attended and pupils undertake a range of exciting and informative activities throughout the year developing scientific working and reasoning skills, Science club is based around experiments and competitions.
Crest Award – selected pupils from Years 9 and 10 undertake Silver crest award within the department. CREST gives students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life STEM challenges through practical investigation and discussion