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Blackheath High School 074

The Science Department is committed to providing our pupils with a wide range of opportunities to study and enjoy this essential field of human endeavour.

We build on their scientific knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 2 and through the use of experiments, investigations, demonstrations, and their own research, allow them to develop their own ideas and compare them with accepted theories. We actively encourage our pupils to use their initiative in problem solving, information processing, evaluating evidence, and presenting their work in the most interesting and appropriate manner.

Key Stage 3
In Year 7 and 8 pupils are taught in their form groups by one or two teachers. Topics from Physics, Biology and Chemistry are interwoven so that the pupils understand the differences between the Science disciplines and yet appreciate the fundamental processes that link them together. By the end of Year 8 it is our expectation that our pupils will have completed their Key Stage 3 work. We would expect them to be able to plan an investigation, be aware of the variables they need to control; to carry out the experiment safely and methodically; to record their data in the most appropriate way; and to evaluate their own work and to make valid judgements about the work of others.

Key Stage 4
At the start of Year 9 pupils begin their study AQA GCSE Separate science syllabus they are taught Physics, Biology and Chemistry separately by a subject specialist, but still in their form groups. It is at the end of Year 9 that the pupils either continue with Separate award syllabus or switch to the Double award syllabus. The choice of which route to follow in GCSE Science, is based on end of Year 9 examinations and continuous teacher assessment. This process allows pupils to follow a syllabus of teaching that is individualised to their specific needs and requirements for the following two years. It is at this point onwards that pupils are no longer taught in form groups.
At the end of year 11 they will sit examinations that will result in either three separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Physics and Chemistry or two GCSE qualifications in Science and Additional Science. We aim to produce students with a wide-ranging knowledge and an enthusiasm to take their scientific studies through to  A-level. 

Sixth Form
We offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics at AS/A2 level. Our students see these qualifications as a stepping-stone to higher education and professional careers. We are very proud of the part we play in providing a foundation for our pupil's future.  The popularity of the courses continues to grow year on year. It is typical that around half of the year’s cohort decides to study at least one science A-level and a third studying two.

We are very proud of the achievements of our Sixth Form students.  Below are the university courses chosen by our former pupils over the past three years;
       
        Biomedical Sciences
        Chemistry      
        Chemical engineering
        Civil Engineering
        Dentistry
        Medicine
        Natural Sciences
        Pharmacy
        Physics and Astronomy
        Psychology
        Zoology
                  
Extra-curricular activities
We have close links with the school's Junior department.  The Year 6 girls come to us for some of their science lessons.  Science clubs are run regularly to provide opportunities to extend pupils enjoyment beyond the normal range of the curriculum.

  • Year 7 will normally visit a zoo at either London Zoo or Howletts Zoo.
  • Year 8 will normally attend at day at either the Science museum or the Natural History museum,
  • Year 9 will attending the astrodome day highlighting the importance of the cosmos
  • Year 10 and11 will attend the astrodome day highlighting the importance of the cosmos at GCSE level and beyond
  • Years 12 and 13 will attend a variety of teaching and revision lectures during the year.
  • Later in the year, Year 12 and Year 13 Biology students will go on separate field trips.

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